The first Christians
Acts 2:42 They devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life, to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers. This scripture verse contains 4 parts of what it means to be Christian. Teaching, Communal Life, The breaking of the bread and Prayers. The Catechism is broken down into these 4 parts. The common thread of the Trinity, Christ, His paschal mystery, Man and the Church are all key themes that run throughout.
In 1986 Pope John Paul II created a commission of Bishops and Theologians to prepare a draft of the Catechism which would contain the teachings that Christ left us with His church. Each draft was sent out around the world to all the church leaders for input and editing. Those changes were sent back to the commission for further editing. This occurred 9 times. Each time the draft was sent around the world for input and back again. It took over 6 years.
Nearly 2/3 of the document comes straight from the Bible scriptures as well as some writings from the early church leaders. The other 1/3 is the Churches response. You can look up any topic in the index and find what the church teaches and all the references in scripture to the teaching. Click here to see an example of what is on a page.
When it was finished it was sent out to the entire Church around the world to unite and renew the whole life of the Church. It is offered to all the faithful who wish to deepen their knowledge of the unfathomable riches of salvation Jn 8:32 You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.
The Catechism helps to fill the desires of Christ by uniting the Catholic Churches teaching.
Jn 10:16 - there shall be one fold and one shepherd
Eph 4:3-6- one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God &Father
Rom 16:17- avoid those who create dissensions
1 Cor 1:10 - I urge that there he no divisions among you
Phil 2:2 - be of same mind, united in heart, thinking one thing
Rom 15:5- God grant you to think in harmony w/ one another
Jn 17:17-23 - I pray that they may be one, as we are one