The Catechism

A Catechism is a summary of Catholic doctrine in proportion to the Faith “once for all delivered to the saints” Jude 1:3.

St. John Paul II’s apostolic constitution Fidei Depositum, October 11, 1992, declared (§ 3) “The Catechism of the Catholic Church, which I approved 25 June last and the publication of which I today order by virtue of my Apostolic Authority, is a statement of the Church’s faith and of catholic doctrine, attested to or illumined by Sacred Scripture, the Apostolic Tradition and the Church’s Magisterium. I declare it to be a sure norm for teaching the faith and thus a valid and legitimate instrument for ecclesial communion.”

§ 13-17 The Four Great Pillars of Catholic Catechesis

Part 1: The Profession of Faith

§ 27 The desire for God is written in the human heart, because man is created by God and for God.

Prologue to the Catechism of the Catholic Church

§ 1-3 The Life of Man – To Know and Love God
§ 4-10 Handing on the Faith: Catechesis
§ 11-12 The Aim and Intended Readership of the Catechism
§ 13-17 Structure of this Catechism
§ 18-22 Practical Directions for Using this Catechism
§ 23-25 Necessary Adaptations

Section One: I Believe – We Believe

§ 26 I Believe – We Believe
§ 27-30 The Desire for God
§ 31-35 Ways of Coming to Know God
§ 36-38 The Knowledge of God According to the Church
§ 39-43 How Can We Speak about God?
§ 44-49 In Brief

§ 50 God Comes to Meet Man
§ 51-53 God Reveals His Plan of Loving Goodness
§ 54-64 The Stages of Revelation
§ 65-67 Christ Jesus – Mediator and Fullness of All Revelation
§ 68-73 In Brief

§ 74 The Transmission of Divine Revelation
§ 75-79 The Apostolic Tradition
§ 80-83 The Relationship Between Tradition and Sacred Scripture
§ 84-95 The Interpretation of the Heritage of Faith
§ 96-100 In Brief

§ 101-104 Christ – The Unique Word of Sacred Scripture
§ 105-108 Inspiration and Truth of Sacred Scripture
§ 109-119 The Holy Spirit, Interpreter of Scripture
§ 120-130 The Canon of Scripture
§ 131-133 Sacred Scripture in the Life of the Church
§ 134-141 In Brief

§ 142-143 Man’s Response to God
§ 144-149 The Obedience of Faith
§ 150-152 I Know Whom I Have Believed
§ 153-165 The Characteristics of Faith
§ 166-167 We Believe
§ 168-169 Lord, Look Upon the Faith of Your Church
§ 170-171 The Language of Faith
§ 172-175 Only One Faith
§ 176-184 In Brief

Section Two: The Creeds

The Credo
§ 185-197 The Creeds
§ 198 I Believe in God the Father
§ 199-231 I Believe in God
§ 232-267 The Father
§ 268-278 The Almighty
§ 279-324 The Creator
§ 325-354 Heaven and Earth

§ 355-384 Man
§ 385-421 The Fall

§ 422-429 I Believe in Jesus Christ, the Only Son of God
§ 430-435 Jesus
§ 436-440 Christ
§ 441-445 The Only Son of God
§ 446-451 Lord
§ 452-455 In Brief

§ 456-483 The Son of God Became Man
§ 484-511 Conceived of the Holy Spirit and Born of the Virgin Mary
§ 512-570 The Mysteries of Christ’s Life
§ 571-573 Jesus Christ Suffered, Was Crucified, Died and Was Buried
§ 574-594 Jesus and Israel
§ 595-623 Jesus Died Crucified
§ 624-630 Jesus Christ Was Buried
§ 631 He Descended into Hell. On the Third Day He Rose Again
§ 632-637 Christ Descended into Hell
§ 638-658 On the Third Day He Rose From the Dead
§ 659-664 He Ascended Into Heaven and is Seated at the Right Hand of the Father
§ 665-667 In Brief

§ 668-677 He Will Come Again in Glory
§ 678-679 To Judge the Living and the Dead
§ 680-682 In Brief

§ 683-686 I Believe in the Holy Spirit
§ 687-688 I Believe in the Holy Spirit
§ 689-690 The Joint Mission of the Son and the Spirit
§ 691-701 The Names, Titles, and Symbols of the Holy Spirit
§ 702-716 God’s Spirit and Word in the Time of the Promises
§ 717-730 The Spirit of Christ in the Fullness of Time
§ 731-741 The Spirit and the Church in the Last Days
§ 742-747 In Brief

§ 748-750 I Believe in the Holy Catholic Church
§ 751-780 The Church in God’s Plan
§ 781-810 The Church – People of God, Body of Christ, Temple of the Holy Spirit
§ 811-870 The Church is One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic
§ 871-945 Christ’s Faithful – Hierarchy, Laity, Consecrated Life
§ 946-962 The Communion of Saints
§ 963-975 Mary, Mother of Christ, Mother of the Church
§ 976 I Believe in the Forgiveness of Sins
§ 977-980 One Baptism for the Forgiveness of Sins
§ 981-987 The Power of the Keys
§ 988-991 I Believe in the Resurrection of the Body
§ 992-1004 Christ’s Resurrection and Ours
§ 1005-1014 Dying in Christ Jesus
§ 1015-1019 In Brief

§ 1020 I Believe in Life Everlasting
§ 1021-1022 The Particular Judgment
§ 1023-1029 Heaven
§ 1030-1032 The Final Purification, or Purgatory
§ 1033-1037 Hell
§ 1038-1041 The Last Judgment
§ 1042-1050 Hope of the New Heaven and the New Earth
§ 1051-1060 In Brief
§ 1061-1065 Amen

Part 2: The Celebration of the Christian Mystery

§ 1123 The purpose of the sacraments is to sanctify men.

§ 1066-1075 The Celebration of the Christian Mystery

Section One: The Sacramental Economy

§ 1076 The Sacramental Economy
§ 1077-1083 The Father – Source and Goal of the Liturgy
§ 1084-1090 Christ’s Work in the Liturgy
§ 1091-1109 The Holy Spirit and the Church in the Liturgy
§ 1110-1112 In Brief

§ 1113 The Paschal Mystery in the Church’s Sacraments
§ 1114-1116 The Sacraments of Christ
§ 1117-1121 The Sacraments of the Church
§ 1122-1126 The Sacraments of Faith
§ 1127-1129 The Sacraments of Salvation
§ 1130 The Sacraments of Eternal Life
§ 1131-1134 In Brief

§ 1135 The Sacramental Celebration of the Paschal Mystery
§ 1136-1144 Who Celebrates
§ 1145-1162 How is the Liturgy Celebrated
§ 1163-1178 When is the Liturgy Celebrated
§ 1179-1186 Where is the Liturgy Celebrated
§ 1187-1199 In Brief

§ 1200-1206 Liturgy Diversity and Unity of the Mystery
§ 1207-1209 In Brief

Section Two: The Seven Sacraments of the Church

§ 1210-1211 The Seven Sacraments of the Church
§ 1212 The Sacraments of Christian Initiation
§ 1213 The Sacrament of Baptism
§ 1214-1216 What is This Sacrament Called
§ 1217-1228 Baptism in the Economy of Salvation
§ 1229-1245 How is the Sacrament of Baptism Celebrated
§ 1246-1255 Who Can Receive Baptism
§ 1256 Who Can Baptize
§ 1257-1261The Necessity of Baptism
§ 1262-1274 The Grace of Baptism
§ 1275-1284 In Brief

§ 1285 The Sacrament of Confirmation
§ 1286-1292 Confirmation in the Economy of Salvation
§ 1293-1301 The Signs and the Rite of Confirmation
§ 1302-1305 The Effects of Confirmation
§ 1306-1311 Who Can ReceiveThis Sacrament
§ 1312-1314 The Minister of Confirmation
§ 1315-1321 In Brief

§ 1322-1323 The Sacrament of the Eucharist
§ 1324-1327 The Eucharist – Source and Summit of Ecclesial Life
§ 1328-1332 What is This Sacrament Called
§ 1333-1344 The Eucharist in the Economy of Salvation
§ 1345-1355 The Liturgical Celebration of the Eucharist
§ 1356-1381 The Sacramental Sacrifice Thanksgiving Memorial Presence
§ 1382-1401 The Paschal Banquet
§ 1402-1405 The Eucharist – Pledge of the Glory to Come
§ 1406-1419 In Brief

§ 1420-1421 The Sacraments of Healing
§ 1422 The Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation
§ 1423-1424 What is This Sacrament Called
§ 1425-1426 Why a Sacrament of Reconciliation after Baptism
§ 1427-1429 The Conversion of the Baptized
§ 1430-1433 Interior Penance
§ 1434-1439 The Many Forms of Penance in Christian Life
§ 1440-1449 The Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation
§ 1450-1460 The Acts of the Penitent
§ 1461-1467 The Minister of This Sacrament
§ 1468-1470 The Effects of This Sacrament
§ 1471-1479 Indulgences
§ 1480-1484 The Celebration of the Sacrament of Penance
§ 1485-1498 In Brief

§ 1499 The Anointing of the Sick
§ 1500-1513 Its Foundations in the Economy of Salvation
§ 1514-1516 Who Receives and Who Administers This Sacrament
§ 1517-1519 How is This Sacrament Celebrated
§ 1520-1523 The Effects of the Celebration of This Sacrament
§ 1524-1525 Viaticum, the Last Sacrament of the Christian
§ 1526-1532 In Brief

§ 1533-1535 The Sacraments at the Service of Communion
§ 1536 The Sacrament of Holy Orders
§ 1537-1538 Why Is This Sacrament Called “Orders”
§ 1539-1553 The Sacrament of Holy Orders in the Economy of Salvation
§ 1554-1571 The Three Degrees of the Sacrament of Holy Orders
§ 1572-1574 The Celebration of This Sacrament
§ 1575-1576 Who Can Confer This Sacrament
§ 1577-1580 Who Can Receive This Sacrament
§ 1581-1589 The Effect of the Sacrament of Holy Orders
§ 1590-1600 In Brief

§ 1601 The Sacrament of Matrimony
§ 1602-1620 Marriage in God’s Plan
§ 1621-1624 The Celebration of Marriage
§ 1625-1637 Matrimonial Consent
§ 1638-1642 The Effects of the Sacrament of Matrimony
§ 1643-1654 The Goods and Requirements of Conjugal Love
§ 1655-1658 The Domestic Church
§ 1659-1666 In Brief

§ 1667-1676 Sacramentals
§ 1677-1679 In Brief

§ 1680 Christian Funerals
§ 1681-1683 The Christian’s Last Passover
§ 1684-1690 The Celebration of Funerals

Part 3: Life in Christ

§ 1803 The goal of a virtuous life is to become like God.

§ 1691-1698 Life in Christ

Section One: Man’s Vocation: Life in the Spirit

§ 1699 Man’s Vocation: Life in the Spirit
§ 1700 The Dignity of the Human Person
§ 1701-1709 Man: The Image of God
§ 1710-1715 In Brief

§ 1716-1717 Our Vocation to Beatitude
§ 1718-1719 The Desire for Happiness
§ 1720-1724 Christian Beatitude
§ 1725-1729 In Brief

§ 1730 Man’s Freedom
§ 1731-1738 Freedom and Responsibility
§ 1739-1742 Human Freedom in the Economy of Salvation
§ 1743-1748 In Brief

§ 1749 The Morality of Human Acts
§ 1750-1754 The Sources of Morality
§ 1755-1756 Good Acts and Evil Acts
§ 1757-1761 In Brief

§ 1762 Morality of the Passions
§ 1763-1766 Passions
§ 1767-1770 Passions and Moral Life
§ 1771-1775 In Brief

§ 1776 Moral Conscience
§ 1777-1782 The Judgment of Conscience
§ 1783-1785 The Formation of Conscience
§ 1786-1789 To Choose in Accord With Conscience
§ 1790-1794 Erroneous Judgment
§ 1795-1802 In Brief

§ 1803 The Virtues
§ 1804-1811 The Human Virtues
§ 1812-1829 The Theological Virtues
§ 1830-1832 The Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit
§ 1833-1845 In Brief

§ 1846-1848 Mercy and Sin
§ 1849-1851 The Definition of Sin
§ 1852-1853 The Different Kinds of Sins
§ 1854-1864 The Gravity of Sin: Mortal and Venial Sin
§ 1865-1869 The Proliferation of Sin
§ 1870-1876 In Brief

§ 1877 The Human Communion
§ 1878-1885 The Communal Character of the Human Vocation
§ 1886-1889 Conversion and Society
§ 1890-1896 In Brief

§ 1897-1904 Participation in Social Life: Authority
§ 1905-1912 The Common Good
§ 1913-1917 Responsibility and Participation
§ 1918-1927 In Brief

§ 1928 Social Justice
§ 1929-1933 Respect for the Human Person
§ 1934-1938 Equality and Differences Among Men
§ 1939-1942 Human Solidarity
§ 1943-1948 In Brief

§ 1949 God’s Salvation: Law and Grace
§ 1950-1953 The Moral Law
§ 1954-1960 The Natural Moral Law
§ 1961-1964 The Old Law
§ 1965-1974 The New Law or the Law of the Gospel
§ 1975-1986 In Brief

§ 1987-1995 Justification
§ 1996-2005 Grace
§ 2006-2011 Merit
§ 2012-2016 Christian Holiness
§ 2017-2029 In Brief

§ 2030-2031 The Church, Mother and Teacher
§ 2032-2040 Moral Life and the Magisterium of the Church
§ 2041-2043 The Precepts of the Church
§ 2044-2046 Moral Life and Missionary Witness
§ 2047-2051 In Brief

Section Two: The Ten Commandments

§ 2052-2074 The Ten Commandments
§ 2075-2082 In Brief

§ 2083 You Shall Love the Lord with All Your Heart …
The First Commandment
§ 2084-2094 You Shall Worship the Lord Your God and Him Only
§ 2095-2109 Him Only Shall You Serve
§ 2110-2128 You Shall Have No Other Gods Before Me
§ 2129-2132 You Shall Not Make For Yourself a Graven Image
§ 2133-2141 In Brief

The Second Commandment
§ 2142-2149 The Name of the Lord is Holy
§ 2150-2155 Taking the Name of the Lord in Vain
§ 2156-2159 The Christian Name
§ 2160-2167 In Brief

The Third Commandment
§ 2168-2173 The Sabbath Day
§ 2174-2188 The Lord’s Day
§ 2189-2195 In Brief

The Fourth Commandment
§ 2196 You Shall Love Your Neighbor as Yourself
§ 2197-2200 The Fourth Commandment
§ 2201-2206 The Family in God’s Plan
§ 2207-2213 The Family and Society
§ 2214-2231 The Duties of Family Members
§ 2232-2233 The Family and the Kingdom
§ 2234-2246 The Authorities in Civil Society
§ 2247-2257 In Brief

The Fifth Commandment
§ 2258 Human Life is Sacred
§ 2259-2283 Respect for Human Life
§ 2284-2301 Respect for the Dignity of Persons
§ 2302-2317 Safeguarding Peace
§ 2318-2330 In Brief

The Sixth Commandment
§ 2331-2336 Male and Female He Created Them
§ 2337-2359 The Vocation to Chastity
§ 2360-2379 The Love of Husband and Wife
§ 2380-2391 Offenses Against the Dignity of Marriage
§ 2392-2400 In Brief

The Seventh Commandment
§ 2401 You Shall Not Steal
§ 2402-2406 Universal Destination and Private Ownership of Goods
§ 2407-2418 Respect for Persons and Their Goods
§ 2419-2425 The Social Doctrine of the Church
§ 2426-2435 Economic Activity and Social Justice
§ 2437-2442 Justice and Solidarity Among Nations
§ 2443-2449 Love for the Poor
§ 2450-2463 In Brief

The Eighth Commandment
§ 2464 You Shall Not Bear False Witness
§ 2465-2470 Living in the Truth
§ 2471-2474 To Bear Witness to the Truth
§ 2475-2487 Offenses Against Truth
§ 2488-2492 Respect for the Truth
§ 2493-2499 Use of the Social Communications Media
§ 2500-2503 Truth, Beauty, and Sacred Art
§ 2504-2513 In Brief

The Ninth Commandment
§ 2514-2516 You Shall Not Covet Your Neighbor’s Wife
§ 2517-2519 Purification of the Heart
§ 2520-2527 The Battle for Purity
§ 2528-2533 In Brief

The Tenth Commandment
§ 2534 You Shall Not Covet Anything That is Your Neighbor’s
§ 2535-2540 The Disorder of Covetous Desires
§ 2541-2543 The Desires of the Spirit
§ 2544-2547 Poverty of Heart
§ 2548-2550 I Want to See God
§ 2551-2557 In Brief

Part 4: Christian Prayer

§ 2744 Those who pray are certainly saved; those who do not pray are certainly damned.

Section One: Prayer in the Christian Life

§ 2558-2565 Prayer in the Christian life.
§ 2566-2567 The Revelation of Prayer – The Universal Call to Prayer
§ 2568-2589 In the Old Testament
§ 2590-2597 In Brief

§ 2598-2619 In the Fullness of Time
§ 2620-2622 In Brief

§ 2623-2625 In the Age of the Church
§ 2626-2628 Blessing and Adoration
§ 2629-2633 Prayer of Petition
§ 2634-2636 Prayer of Intercession
§ 2637-2638 Prayer of Thanksgiving
§ 2639-2643 Prayer of Praise
§ 2644-2649 In Brief

§ 2650-2651 The Tradition of Prayer
§ 2652-2660 At the Wellsprings of Prayer
§ 2661-2662 In Brief

§ 2663-2679 The Way of Prayer
§ 2680-2682 In Brief

§ 2683-2691 Guides for Prayer
§ 2692-2696 In Brief

§ 2697-2699 The Life of Prayer
§ 2700-2704 Vocal Prayer
§ 2705-2708 Meditation
§ 2709-2719 Contemplative Prayer
§ 2720-2724 In Brief

§ 2725 The Battle of Prayer
§ 2726-2728 Objections to Prayer
§ 2729-2733 Humble Vigilance of Heart
§ 2734-2741 Filial Trust
§ 2742-2745 Persevering in Love
§ 2746-2751 The Prayer of the Hour of Jesus
§ 2752-2758 In Brief

Section Two: The Lord’s Prayer

§ 2759-2760 The Lord’s Prayer
§ 2761 The Summary of the Whole Gospel
§ 2762-2764 At the Center of the Scriptures
§ 2765-2766 The Lord’s Prayer
§ 2767-2772 The Prayer of the Church
§ 2773-2776 In Brief

§ 2777-2778 We Dare to Say
§ 2779-2785 Abba – Father!
§ 2786-2793 Our Father
§ 2794-2796 “Who Art in Heaven”
§ 2797-2802 In Brief

§ 2803-2806 The Seven Petitions
§ 2807-2815 Hallowed be Thy Name
§ 2816-2821 Thy Kingdom Come
§ 2822-2827 Thy Will Be Done on Earth as It is in Heaven
§ 2828-2837 Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread
§ 2838-2845 And Forgive Us Our Trespasses, As We Forgive
§ 2846-2854 And Lead Us not into Temptation
§ 2855-2856 The Final Doxology
§ 2857-2865 In Brief