Welcome to the PILLARS website, an internet resource designed to explore the teachings of our Church through The Four Pillars on which our Catechism was built. The Catechism of the Catholic Church is used as a reference throughout.
What are the Pillars?
The Apostles Creed
The Seven Sacraments
The Lord's Prayer
Why focus on the Pillars?
The Catechism of the Catholic Church, an authoritative work which contains a complete summary of the essentials of our Catholic faith, was built around the Pillars!
The plan of this catechism is inspired by the great tradition of catechisms which build catechesis on four pillars: the baptismal profession of faith (the Creed), the sacraments of faith, the life of faith (the Commandments), and the prayer of the believer (the Lord's Prayer). (CCC 13)
Pope John Paul II when officially putting forth the CCC called the Pillars "the four movements of a great symphony" (see #11). Influential catechisms dating back to the 13th century used the Pillars to teach the Faith (click here for more on this).
This does not mean that the other topics in the Catechism are unimportant. For example, there are sections that deal with God's revelation to man, virtues, the Beatitudes, law & grace... This is important stuff, and needs to be learned along with the Pillars. However, treating these topics separately seems like an easier way to approach the Catechism as a whole.
How To Use This Website (a suggestion)
1. Read the pages These are found at the top and include:
- a general overview of each of the Four Pillars (see Pillars I-IV)
- a page titled Faith, which attempts to present the Pillars in light of broader Church teachings.
- a page on the Rosary, "The weapon for these times" (St. Padre Pio)
2. Explore the articles These are found on the homepage. Topics are usually about some aspect of one of The Four Pillars. Entries are not intended to be a complete explanation of the "Pillar Focus," just a sampling. For a complete explanation, view the catechism links as described in the next step.
3. Read the Catechism links These are found throughout this website and provide the complete and official teaching of the Church. For a quicker read, select the Compendium of the Catechism. For more in-depth teaching, select the Catechism itself.
You have a right to know your faith!