EWTN Catholic Q&A
Re: re: New Teaching on Death Penalty
Question from wondering on 08-12-2018:

Does this mean the Catechism is not infallible? How can we rely on the Catechism?

Answer by Judie Brown on 08-13-2018:

Dear Wondering

Short answer: The Catechism can be trust but we understand that EVERYTHING in it is not infallible. Here is why. The answer is provided by the USCCB:

By its very nature, a catechism presents the fundamental truths of the faith which have already been communicated and defined. Because the Catechism presents Catholic doctrine in a complete yet summary way, it naturally contains the infallible doctrinal definitions of the popes and ecumenical councils in the history of the Church. It also presents teaching which has not been communicated and defined in these most solemn forms. This does not mean that such teaching can be disregarded or ignored. Quite to the contrary, the Catechism presents Catholic doctrine as an organic whole and as it is related to Christ who is the center. A major catechism, such as the Catechism of the Catholic Church, presents a compendium of Church teachings and has the advantage of demonstrating the harmony that exists among those teachings.

Hope this helps. You can find the complete q and a on the Catechism of the Catholic Church here: http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/what-we-believe/catechism/catechism- of-the-catholic-church/frequently-asked-questions-about-the-catechism-of-the-catholic- church.cfm

Judie

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