December Cate-Quizm answers

1. B – “Jesus, Israel’s Messiah and therefore the greatest in the kingdom of heaven, was to fulfill the Law by keeping it in its all-embracing detail – according to his own words, down to ‘the least of these commandments.’ He is in fact the only one who could keep it perfectly.”  (CCC 578)

2. A – “Like the prophets before him Jesus expressed the deepest respect for the Temple in Jerusalem.  It was in the Temple that Joseph and Mary presented him forty days after his birth.  At the age of twelve he decided to remain in the Temple to remind his parents that he must be about his Father’s business.  He went there each year during his hidden life at least for Passover.  His public ministry itself was patterned by his pilgrimages to Jerusalem for the great Jewish feasts.” (CCC 583)  C –  “Jesus went up to the Temple as the privileged place of encounter with God.  For him, the Temple was the dwelling of his Father, a house of prayer, and he was angered that it’s outer court had become a place of commerce.”  (CCC 584)

3. C – “In her Magisterial teaching of the faith and in the witness of her saints, the Church has never forgotten that ‘sinners were the authors and the ministers of all the sufferings that the divine Redeemer endured.’”  (CCC 598)

4. A – “At the end of the parable of the lost sheep Jesus recalled that God’s love excludes no one …”  (CCC 605)   B – “By giving up his own Son for our sins, God manifests that his plan for us is one of benevolent love, prior to any merit on our part.  ‘In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the expiation for our sins.’  God ‘shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.’”  (CCC 604)

5. A- “Apart from the cross there is no other ladder by which we may get to heaven”   (CCC 618)

6. B – “Christ’s death was a real death in that it put an end to his earthly human existence.”  (CCC 627)

7. C – “It is precisely these holy souls, who awaited their Savior in Abraham’s bosom, whom Christ the Lord delivered when he descended into hell.” (CCC 633)

8. A – “The first element we encounter in the framework of the Easter events is the empty tomb.  In itself it is not a direct proof of Resurrection; the absence of Christ’s body from the tomb could be explained otherwise.”  (CCC 640)  B –  “Paul speaks clearly of more than five hundred persons to whom Jesus appeared on a single occasion.”  (CCC 642)  C –  “Given all these testimonies, Christ’s Resurrection cannot be interpreted as something outside the physical order, and it is impossible not to acknowledge it as an historical fact.”  (CCC 643)

9. B – “The Resurrection above all things constitutes the confirmation of all Christ’s works and teachings.  All truths, even those most inaccessible to human reason, find their justification if Christ by his Resurrection has given the definitive proof of his divine authority, which he had promised.”  (CCC 651)  C – “The truth of Jesus’ divinity is confirmed by his Resurrection.”  (CCC 653)

10. B –  “Finally, Christ’s Resurrection—and the risen Christ himself—is the principle and source of our future resurrection.”  (CCC 655).

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