Posted by: Bishop David Walker
The Catholic worldview is a comprehensive perception of the universe, revealed to us
in Jesus, which provides insights into the meaning of life and how to live it.
The Catholic Worldview is experiencing life through the eyes of our Catholic faith
The Catholic Worldview perceives.
I. God as Trinity, a communion of Persons who love us and invite us to share
in their divine life for all eternity.
The principal focal points would be God, the Trinitarian life of God, God
reaching out in love, offering a share in the divine life, and the affirmation
of an after life with God.
a. God: there is a God, who is a personal God. The consequences of that
for the human person. Personal faith is the response of persons to a
a. The Trinity: Father, Son, Spirit. What is attributed to each? Their
relationship to each other.
b. God as creator, of us, (begin here to talk about the person in the image
of God), the giver of all the things around us. (begin here to talk about
ecology.) Creation as revelation. This is generally associated with the
c. The divine life: Their life is the source of all life; and the final goal of
human life is to share that divine live Through Jesus we can share that
d. Forever: there is a goal for human life, eternal life with God. In
moving to this goal, all that we do should be measured against it. We
are saved for this life from whatever could prevent its acquisition.
The action of the Spirit in the world, inviting and empowering all people to
respond to the divine love.
This section would look at the role of the Spirit as the one who actively
reaches out to carry out the work of the Trinity.
a. The Spirit in creation,and in salvation history
b. The Spirit in the New Testament:
• in relation to the Incarnation and the life of Jesus.
• In relationship to the leadership of the Christian community in its
life and mission.
• In relationship to the individual believer, transforming him / her
into the mystery of Jesus and enabling then to live that life.
c. The Spirit in the life of believers today
• The economy of the Spirit which takes over from the
economy of Jesus
• Enabling the believer today
• In relationship to the Eucharist
• How does the believer today relate to the Spirit in his/ her
• First fruits / guarantee
III. Jesus as God’s son, who saved us through his life, death and resurrection
and through whom we enter the life of God.
a. The Incarnation, the Word becomes flesh
b. Jesus is divine and human.
c. The life, passion, death and resurrection of Jesus: its meaning and what
it means for us.
d. Jesus is our saviour. What does he save us for / from
e. Jesus as out entry to the divine life.
IV. The meaning and purpose of fife as grounded in God’s love for us and our
response as disciples of Jesus.
a. Human life as pursuing the rest we can only find in God
b. Human life as response to the love of God.
c. Human life as a disciple of Jesus.
d. Relate back to Twenty
e. Cross daily.
f. Role of meaning purpose in life
V. The Church as the communion of disciples that makes present to the world
the mystery of Jesus and, through its sacramental life, makes us part of that
a. The Church as gift; as the presence to us of the mystery of the Risen
Jesus. Divine origin
b. The Church as the way we enter into the divine life in our time on
c. The Church as a communion of disciples, caught up in the mystery of
the Risen Jesus.
d. The Church as the Sacrament of Encounter between believers and God.
e. The sacraments of the Church as principle encounters between the
believer and God.
f. The relationship between the Church and the World: service and
g. The humanity of the Church
h. Scripture and Lumen Gentium
i. Church as Mystery, Communion, Mission
j. Special mention of the Eucharist
k. Communion of Saints
m. Need for a church. Why the Church
n. Spirit and the Church.
o. Institutional Church (Underhill) Link with humanity
VI. The presence of God in our daily life in the Eucharist, in the Sacred
Scriptures, and in the living tradition of the Church.
a. Jesus in the believer
b. Jesus in the Community of believers
c. Jesus I the ordained priest
d. Jesus in the Word of God
e. Jesus in the Sacraments
f. Jesus in the Eucharist
g. The institutional Church as the presence of Christian tradition.
h. The Spirit as the facilitator and cause of the divine presence
i. Responding to Jesus in the variety of ways he comes to us.
VII. The cross of Jesus in the struggles and hardships of life and approaches
than em s Jesus did his cross, with trust and confidence in God.
a. Jesus the Son lives out his sonship in human form; ie his life is total
self giving to the Father. This is expressed in the very words of Jesus
that give the meaning to his actions.
b. Jesus life, passion, and death is Jesus’ self giving to the Father in trust
and confidence. It is obedience to the mission given to him: to preach
the kingdom. His faithfulness to this mission explains the events of his
c. The resurrection as the Father’s response to the self giving of Jesus,
and guarantee of our resurrection with him.
d. Carrying our cross daily means bringing the heart of Jesus on Calvary
to the events of our daily life: going on with trust and confidence in
the heavenly Father.
VIII. Each human being as a unique person created in the image of God, having
an inalienable dignity that is always to be respected.
a. The dignity of the human person, image of God.
b. This dignity is to be respected and protected.
c. The spiritual dimension of the human person: grace.
d. Responsibility and freedom of the human person, sin and conscience.
e. Sex, gender and sexuallity
f. The Social dimension of the human person and the consequences that
flow from it.
g. The relationship of these things to personal faith.
IX. An imperative to proclaim to others the love we receive from Jesus, by
loving them as Jesus loves us.
a. The faithful are chosen for a mission: to share with all what they have
received through Jesus.
b. The Church is fundamentally missionary, and its effectiveness as
church should leave out this important criterion.
c. Each individual believer as missioner
d. Preaching the Gospel: faithfulness to the message (its authenticity and
totality) and faithfulness to the people to whom it is preached (in a way
that is meaningful and relevant to them.
e. Being able to leave behind the forms in which the truth of the Christian
faith has been embodied to re-embody them in other forms more
relevant and meaningful to our current situation.
X. An obligation to work to create social conditions in which the unique
dignity of each person is respected and all human rights protected.
a. • The social teaching of the Church.
b. The individual and society
c. The common good and our responsibility to promote it.
d. Work and capitol
e. Ecology: our responsibility for caring for creation.
Under each heading, there needs to be some things that are treated explicitly, and
others that are mentioned and referred to other headings for full treatment. There
should be a practical application under each heading. Material under each heading
should be liberally sprinkled with Scripture. Overall, the explanations should be
approached from the point of view of discipleship.