Definition of catechetical in US English:



  • 1Relating to religious instruction given to a person in preparation for Christian baptism or confirmation.

    • ‘Deaconesses ministered primarily to women, and their role was catechetical and philanthropic.’
    • ‘Deacons following their gifts are involved in liturgical, catechetical, pastoral, and administrative duties.’
    • ‘In order to facilitate this understanding, I am mandating today that every priest or deacon who preaches on the first two Sundays in Lent of 2005 is to present a catechetical homily on conscience.’
    • ‘We won't have a theological culture schooled in the basics, a catechetical renewal, until the church decides to pay for it.’
    • ‘If this means that the theological becomes more catechetical, it must also mean that catechesis becomes more theological, featuring special attention to the doctrine and the content of the faith.’
    • ‘This book could be used as the center of a course on the church, or as a text for a catechetical or adult enrichment course.’
    • ‘Without adequate catechetical formation of the people, the liturgy proclaims signs of faith which they are not able fully to claim and integrate into their daily lives.’
    • ‘The problem, from a pastoral point of view, may indeed be a real one, but the inner laws of liturgy should not be altered for contemporary catechetical purposes.’
    • ‘This was a collection of thirteen catechetical Homilies, designed to restore Roman Catholic understanding and practice.’
    • ‘Martin of Tours, founder of the first monastery in Gaul, was at the time of the following story a soldier in the Roman army who had become enamoured of Christianity and entered catechetical training.’
    • ‘Those seeking an excellent introduction either to the thought of the mature Augustine or those needing material for catechetical instruction in the parish would do well to consult this timeless classic.’
    • ‘I believe that Anglican Diversity is a strong book for adult catechetical instruction and discussion.’
    • ‘The church's catechetical instruction takes many forms, but the most succinct statement of Christian belief, often the primary basis for catechesis, is the Nicene-Constantinopolitan creed.’
    • ‘In catechesis, this meant helping them learn the basic doctrines and practices of the faith through an intensive program of catechetical instruction.’
    • ‘The various types of traditions were often related by scholars to the diverse needs of the early church - to missionary preaching, to catechetical instruction, to debate with opponents, or to worship.’
    • ‘These ministries have been related to liturgical, pastoral, catechetical, teaching, missionary, and social tasks.’
    • ‘The idea that you ‘already’ know what the Christian life is all about before you get to the table oddly suggests that baptism somehow completes or finishes the catechetical process.’
    • ‘Perhaps Wood insists on finding such an explicit blueprint for Christian life in Tolkien's book because his primary intention is catechetical, but I suspect such an approach is counterproductive even in this sphere.’
    • ‘The list of passages these men produced were sent to some one hundred catechetical experts or pastors who responded with twenty-five hundred slips that were then classified.’
    • ‘George Weigel calls it a ‘pastoral and catechetical failure,’ as though the encyclical's deficiencies were merely those of tone or effective communication.’
    1. 1.1 Relating to religious teaching by means of questions and answers.
      • ‘Stories come first, then theological and catechetical systematization, which in turn enable us to critique the stories.’
      • ‘They portrayed catechetical instruction as an authoritarian form of indoctrination that forced children to ‘play the parrot,’ repeating back answers they did not understand.’
      • ‘Ulysses is rich in liturgical references, Latin phrases, and catechetical stylistics.’
      • ‘I am pointing to a systematic and intentional course of study by which children acquire knowledge of the Bible and a catechetical level of theology in a cumulative fashion over time.’
      • ‘Herbert's method in both works is catechetical and didactic.’
      • ‘In a mostly immigrant church, the priest was one of the very few well-educated people in the community, and certainly almost the only one with a more than catechetical knowledge of religion.’
      • ‘MacCulloch further claims that in the wake of Protestant catechetical efforts, ‘Roman Catholics followed suit,’ even though catechisms and catechetical instruction preceded the Reformation.’
      • ‘They rightly insist that the university is not a catechetical school and they are not propagandists.’
      • ‘In its catechetical form, apologetic content, moralistic tone, and anti-ritual polemicism, the Buddhist Catechism suspiciously echoes nineteenth-century Protestant polemics against Roman Catholicism.’
      • ‘It addresses traditional catechetical topics, such as Christ's incarnation, death and resurrection, as well as contemporary concerns, such as the problem of evil, faith and science, and Christianity's relation to other religions.’
      • ‘He is the author of the popular catechetical work, ‘Why Do Catholics Genuflect?’’


Early 17th century: from ecclesiastical Greek katēkhētikos, from katēkhētēs ‘catechist’, from katēkhein ‘instruct orally’ (see catechize).