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Magisterium & Tradition

Online access to teachings and traditions of the Catholic Church, featuring many pertaining to evangelical thought, life and ministry. Also view the listing of the occurrences of the word “Evangelical” in the Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers and in the Ante-Nicene Fathers

Magisterium

Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Church’s first purpose is to be the sacrament of the inner union of men with God (775).

Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy

The sacred liturgy does not exhaust the entire activity of the Church. Before men can come to the liturgy they must be called to faith and to conversion…. (Sacrosanctum Concilium, 9).

General Directory for Catechesis

Evangelization begins with the proclamation of the Gospel and the call to conversion, and in its fullness evolves into catechesis (61).

Evangelization in the Modern World

Evangelizing is in fact the grace and vocation proper to the Church, her deepest identity. She exists in order to evangelize (Evangelium Nuntiandii, 14).

Dogmatic Constitution on the Church

Therefore, even when occupied with temporal affairs, the laity can and must be involved in the precious work of evangelizing the world (Lumen Gentium, 35).

Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity

This witness of life, however, is not the sole element in the apostolate; the true apostle is on the lookout for occasions to proclaim Christ by word, either to unbelievers to draw them towards faith, of to the faithful to instruct them, strengthen them, call them to a more fervent life (Apostolicam Actuositatem, 6).

Mission of the Redeemer

A radical conversion in thinking is required in order to become missionary, and this holds true both for individuals and entire communities. The Lord is always calling us to come out of ourselves and to share with others the goods we possess, starting with the most precious gift of all – our faith. The effectiveness of the Church’s organizations, movements, parishes and apostolic works must be measured in the light of this missionary imperative. Only by becoming missionary will the Christian community be able to overcome its internal divisions and tensions, and rediscover its unity and its strength of faith (Redemptoris Missio, 49).

Archbishop Timothy Dolan's Presidential Address November 14, 2011

A video of Archbishop Dolan’s Presidential Address at the USCCB General Assembly. The address is on the first video, beginning at 39:45.

Manuscript of Archbishop Timothy Dolan's Presidential Address

The manuscript of Archbishop Timothy Dolan’s Presidential Address to the USCCB General Assembly from November 14, 2011.

God is Love

Proclamation is the permanent priority of mission. The Church cannot elude Christ’s explicit mandate, nor deprive men and women of the “Good News” about their being loved and saved by God (Deus Caritas Est 44.1).

“Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice, or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction.” – Pope Benedict XVI, Deus Caritas Est

Tradition

Fathers of the Church

Biographies and writings of the Fathers of the Church in an alphabetical listing.

Summa Theologica

The masterpiece of Thomas Aquinas.

Christian Classics Ethereal Library

Online resource of classic Christian spiritual and theological writings, including those of St. Ignatius, Teresa of Avila, Thomas à Kempis, and Brother Lawrence.