What does the Catholic Church REALLY Believe??

If you are a seasoned Catechist(Religious Education Teacher) you can probably answer some of those types of questions that come up from your students

if not perhaps a book like this would get you started:

but really?? what do you know ..about what the Catholic Church REALLY teaches, and how do you know what you know??

That is the million dollar question isn’t it?

Every teacher should have at their access

– a bible with a concordance

helps you to find and cross reference bible verses

– a copy of the CURRENT Catholic Catechism(something post vatican II) not that things prevatican II are unimportant, however some of those teachings no longer reflect the CURRENT OFFICIAL view of the Catholic Church.

this is the one I have  it is THICK and you need to pay attention to the margins…etc…to properly and effectively use it but it will give you the official doctrine you need to teach well.

The Catholic church does not believe the Bible is to be taken literally

Newsweek interview (2004)

Read more at http://izquotes.com/quote/246660

but rather we are to take into account, when reading the bible:

-literary style

-the times it was written in

-who it was written to

-for what purpose it was written

Did you know you can read the encyclicals and teachings …for free

on the Vatican Website

even the Catechism of the Catholic Church is there but I would suggest getting the book it is much easier to go through and mark with post its and highlights than a virtual version

another great reference on catholic teachings is the

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

there you can find daily prayers, bible readings, social teachings, current news etc

so please

take some time this summer

to check what you know, and how you know it

so you can help your students in the best way possible to grow in their Catholic Faith.

and finally a meditative moment for you


About ellasurreau

I am a first grade religious education catechist I have been teaching for 20 years I have a BA in Religious Studies I have continued taking classes in religious studies since graduating. I grew up Methodist, and became catholic after marrying.
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