“Beset on Every Side”: Reimagining the Ideology of the <i>Roman Catechism</i> (1566)

Robert J. Brancatelli

in From Trent to Vatican II

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780195178067
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199784905 | DOI:
 “Beset on Every Side”: Reimagining the Ideology of the Roman Catechism (1566)

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This chapter examines the Roman Catechism. First, it reviews the historical development of the catechism and critique portions of its text according to Ricoeur's understanding of ideology and distanciation. Second, it shows how the catechism conveys an ideology in which the Church's primary role is to defend itself against threats to its survival and internal structure. Finally, it suggests possibilities for appropriating or reimagining the catechism's defensive posture of Tridentinism in the context of the contemporary Church.

Keywords: Roman Cathechism; Council of Trent; Ricoeur; catchism

Chapter.  7707 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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