MANILA, June 23, 2016 – As a response to Pope Francis’ appeal in his first apostolic exhortation to “love the poor,” a Catholic educator came out with simple catechism for the masses.
It is a one-page catechism in Filipino that can be downloaded online to reach out to more people, especially the poor and those who are more at home with communicating in the vernacular.
“According to Pope Francis ‘our preferential option for the poor must mainly translate into a privileged and preferential religious care,’“ said Raul Nidoy, Director for Formation of the Parents for Education Foundation (PAREF).
In his document, Evangelii Gaudium, the pope also taught that “the worst discrimination which the poor suffer is the lack of spiritual care.
Describing the process on how he came up with the catechism, the doctor in Theology said his work at PAREF includes reviewing how to improve the teaching of Religion.
“So we researched on the best methods of teaching religion and, to our pleasant surprise, we found a treasured document of the Catholic Church which was unknown to us: The General Directory for Catechesis. More and more documents and literature started coming in then later came Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium,” Nidoy said.
4 most important things
Nidoy pointed out, “In all these literature, there were four things I found most important. First of all, a clear statement of the problem, “Catholics are catechized but not evangelized.”
“Secondly, we have to focus on the one goal of all catechesis established by the Church: “intimacy and communion with Jesus Christ.”
“Thirdly, the key way expressed by the Synod. The objective is “not only the intellectual adherence to Christian truth, but also the creation of a personal encounter.”
Lastly, he added, “Pope Francis’s point: the kerygma is the oft-repeated central message.”
The online version of the catechism can be found at: http://primacyofreason.blogspot.com/2016/06/ang-pananampalataya-ng-mga-katoliko-ang.html and can be downloaded free of charge.
“You may want to use it as a way of reaching out to many people you know, especially those who are closest to you: security guards, drivers, house helpers, even people in informal settlements, etc,” Nidoy said.
“You can also pass it on to parishes so they can use it for their work of evangelization and catechesis,” he added. “You may want to forward this to others who can make good use of it.”
The catechism was composed with the help of Fr. Rolly Sia, a native of Tayabas, Quezon, and a Doctor of Theology from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. (Fr. Mickey Cardenas/CBCPNews)