Which comes first in Kerygmatic Catechesis: Sin or Christ?

Which comes first in Kerygmatic Catechesis: Sin or Christ?

The indefatigably insightful Msgr Charles Pope has recently plotted a helpful way forward for kerygmatic catechesis. Yet his content starts with, “Part 1 (Sept. to Jan.) – Sin – ‘I once was lost in sin’”

A Mr Miller puts an attractive alternative curriculum in the combox: “Jesus himself would be the explicit focal point …. the ‘sin’ focal point, replaced by something along the lines of ‘God, creator of heaven and earth, savior of Israel’.  Sin would be … secondary to the theme of creation and God’s gratuitous love for humanity and for Israel … to emphasize that we are fundamentally made for good, that our starting point is in love” (our emphasis).

In FAITH movement we would agree, especially concerning catechesis for an age which rampantly denies ‘human nature’ (and the spiritual soul). We would go further and say “made for” God in Christ Jesus (Eph 1:4, cf. 2 Tim 1:9). He is after all “the first born of all creation” (Col 1:15).

This is the “recapitulation” vision of the Greek Fathers’ that “The Word was made flesh to make us ‘partakers of the divine nature’” (Catechism 460, see quotes from the Fathers there).  St John Paul II wrote, "Christ … is the one who reveals God's plan for all creation and … ‘fully reveals man to man’ … In him the Father has spoken the definitive word about mankind and its history …. Jesus Christ is … the fulfilment of all things in God”. (Tertio Millennio Adveniente n.4, 5 & 6). Pope Benedict argues that “St. John ….reveals that the ‘Logos … made flesh among us’ … is ultimately the meaning for the creation of the universe … in him converge without confusion the author and his work”. (Verbum Domini para 13).

Faith Magazine

January - February 2018 2018

Recent Blog Posts

  1. Peace to all people

    Peace to all people
    “Peace is the harmony of good order. Good order is the membering of man in ready acceptance and honest love.” (Edward Holloway, Catholicism: A New Synthesis, 1)As we begin 2018, the sense of tension in the international order is strong. There are fears of nuclear war given the problem...
    Read More

    Fr Chris Findlay-Wilson made the below defence of priestly celibacy in the Catholic Herald (15th Dec., letters):"a fresh witness of true love is desperately needed; that it is love – not sex – that fulfils us as human beings." This is a point often made by Fr Holloway, ...
    Read More
  3. Fr Holloway’s 100th Birthday

    Last Saturday was the 100th anniversary of Agnes Holloway giving birth to Edward.He was born just as Lenin’s revolution began. This was the beginning of changing the poor, Christian country of Russia into the powerful Marxist one. It was predicted by Our Lady of Fatima over the previous six...
    Read More
  4. Weinstein and Modern Judgmentalism

    Weinstein and Modern Judgmentalism
    The Harvey Weinstein affair has unleashed a can of worms. There has been a series of exposures concerning sexual offences or inappropriate sexual behaviour of MPs, celebrities and others. There is no doubt that sexual harassment, carried out mostly by men, deserves condemnation and certainly ther...
    Read More
  5. Islam and Terrorism

    Islam and Terrorism
    We are all aware of the horror of the terrorist attacks in recent years and of the senseless attack outside the mosque in Finsbury Park, London. It is inspiring how brave those who work in the emergency services are and how strong the community support has been in all these cases. As Christians, ...
    Read More
  6. Flirting with Fideism

    Flirting with Fideism
    In America magazine John J. Conley, S.J., of Loyola University argues in effect that we need a new synthesis of faith and reason given that “the world [of neo-scholastic philosophy] has disappeared”.He invites us to make “the synthetic passage through both Athens and Jerusalem t...
    Read More