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A Pilgrim's Catechism

The Occasional Thoughts of a 21st-Century Roman Catholic on Journey

Towards the Reign of God 

 Albrecht Dürer:  Adam and Eve

What is a human being?

 

That is the question which one correctly poses today.  The Baltimore Catechism rather asked the question:  What is Man?  To which the answer was:  Man is a creature composed of body and soul and made in the image and likeness of God.

 

The definition, one cannot help but notice, immediately excludes the woman, or rather includes the woman but with and under the broader category of man.  The ontological inferiority of woman is decided ahead of time by the very question that is asked. 

 

Thus we see how understanding is an ongoing process.  Answers, as final statements, are just not possible.  Not only final answers but even final questions.

 

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 HUMANITY

What is a human being?

A creature composed of body and soul?

Made in the image and likeness of God?

When does human life begin?

When is there a human person?

What is the fundamental human experience?

What does it mean for human beings to be responsible?

Can a human being interact with God?

Who is called?

Who is sent?

All are called but does not each individual have a special vocation?

Is faith to be found outside the Church?

Is true freedom “from” or “for?”

What does it mean, “to follow one’s conscience?”