This arcticle refers to the issue of means of catechesis in the canonical aspect. Firstly, there have been shown the rules which relate to necessity of using aids of catechetical activity. Then, it has been concentrated about issues of instruments dedicated to the orientation and general planning of catechetical activity in particular Church. Next it has been explained matter of catechisms and other writings pertaining to catechetical instruction. Finally, it has been focused on adio-visual aids and instruments of social communication in catechetical formation.
The action of pericope that describes the anointing of Jesus (Matt. 26:6–13) took place in Bethany, in Judea. These areas were then part of the Great Roman Empire. Christ foretold that the woman who poured out the precious oil on His head in the house of Simon the Leper would know the whole world. That is what exactly happened. Many Christians do not know much about history of the Roman Empire, but probably everyone has heard of a nameless woman who anointed Jesus shortly before His passion and death. The woman embarrassed the apostles, her generous gesture toward Christ contrasted with the conspiracy of the chief priests and the elders of the people (Matt. 26:3–5) and the betrayal of Judas (Matt. 26:14–16).
The ecumenical dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion is one of the most important and difficult part of activity of both communities. Eucharist is the main goal of ecumenism because in the common celebrating of the sacred liturgy the Christ’s Church is a visible sign of the unity for the world. One of the most important theological problems in the dialogue is the problem of transsubstantiation. For the Anglican Church this Catholic doctrine is against the biblical and rudimental teaching of primitive Christendom. The article shows the problem of trans-substantiation in the ecumenical perspective and in the context of Divine Worship: The Missal. The Catholic Eucharistic teaching is present in this new Western liturgical book, but the term of trans-substantiation does not exist there.
The proposed topic allows to learn about the scientific activity of the Wielkopolska researchers of the early Christian Church: Jan Sajdak (1882–1967), priest Józef Nowacki (1893–1964), priest Bronisław Gładysz (1892–1943) and priest Ludwik Gładyszewski (1932–2009). They contributed to the development of patristics not only in Wielkopolska, but also in Poland and in the world. Wielkopolska is also associated with the Scriptures of the Fathers of the Church in which translations of writers of the first centuries of Christianity are published. Patrology textbooks have also been published. The most important of them was written by the priest Szczepan Piestoch and is intended especially for students of theology. Wielkopolska is also a Faculty of Theology which has been operating since 1998 at the University of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. It includes the Department of Patristic Theology and currently the Department of Patristic Theology and Church History. Under the supervision of the faculty lecturers doctoral theses, master’s and bachelor’s theses, as well as monographs related to the period of Christian antiquity are prepared.
The wealth of youth is the wording used by John Paul II in the Letter to the young Parati semper to show that the time of youth is a special period of life which is the wealth of the person who experiences it. Also, Francis and the final document of the 2018 Youth Synod show the time of youth as a special period in human life.
In the article, based on the teachings of John Paul II, addressed to young people, as well as a post-synodal document for the Young, faith and discernment of vocation, the period of youth is shown as a special time of discovering, getting to know oneself and surrounding reality, designing life. Important elements of the wealth of youth are love, which demands, freedom in truth and friendship with Christ, who helps us discover and realize these values.
The article also shows the dangers of the modern world that can interfere with the use of the wealth of youth. They are: culture of temporality, lack of dreams and anxiety, digital environment, excessive and falsified focus on human sexuality, or external living conditions such as armed conflicts, poverty, and various forms of violence. In the face of these threats, ways of preventing and opposing them were also indicated. These are: the choice of Christ as Lord and Friend and openness to His teachings, openness to other people and entering into dialogue with him, it is the pursuit of dreams, shaping and development of spirituality, solidarity and joy of life.
In the presented article history is shown as a special challenge for the Church. The issue raised is presented in relation to historical research and didactic activity of two Polish historians, Józef Nowacki and Marian Banaszak. Two basic questions are asked: what is the specificity of the history of the Church in all theological disciplines? and: What is the basic requirement that this discipline is in the reality of the Church?
Brother Luis Jerónimo de Oré’s Symbolo Catholico Indiano was the most important and authorized sixteenth century treatise for the evangelization of the native Andean peoples. In its pages we find a vivid image of Andean reality immediately after the Conquest and a fervent exposition of the Catholic faith inspired in the recent Councils of Trent and Lima. The treatise also presents the missioning methods that served the Franciscans and other priests of the Viceroyalty for the evangelization of the indigenous peoples. Above all, in this text we find an admirable exposition of the theological doctrine and catechetical practice in the anthropological perspective that forms its starting point, which is the Andean man or woman who had never heard a message of salvation and dignity for the human person.
Brother Luis Jerónimo de Oré Rojas OFM was born in Huamanga in 1554 (now the geographical Department of Ayacucho in Perú). He was a zealous missionary who travelled throughout the colonizers’ territory, from the extreme north of Florida to the extreme south of Chile. As an intelligent linguist he was the author of important rituals and catechisms in Quechua and Aymara. He was one of the first bishops born on the American soil, and the first to be incorporated into the Native Indian Council and the Vatican hierarchy; as a bishop he stood out for his protection of aboriginal groups and his energetic defense of the cultural integrity of Native Indian nations.
Almost 25 years ago, the Pontifical Biblical Commission issued the document “The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church”. It dealt with various at that time current hermeneutical and exegetical questions, especially on the scientific level. However, the pastoral ministry side of this matter was not excluded. The pastors — as the document states — should also bring the Scriptures for the faithful in a comprehensible way (Chap. IV, Art. C, No. 3). But how to do it practically? The document does not expand this thread. This article is a small contribution to the topic. In it, the main hermeneutical principles of the Catholic Church for reading the Bible in the language of infants (Mt 11,25) are presented.