"Truth means more than knowledge: knowing the truth leads us to discover the good" (Benedict XVI, 2008).
Far from being just a communication of factual data – 'informative' – the loving truth of the Gospel is creative and life-changing – 'performative' (cf. Spe Salvi, 2). Catholic Distance University recognizes that many Catholic adults desire to study the Faith so they can actively share this knowledge with others and work to evangelize the world. Catholic adults, by nature of their Baptism, are called to an ongoing reflection on the 2000 year heritage the Church has recorded and developed in order to integrate the Faith into contemporary society.
In response, CDU offers several noncredit certificates designed to provide a systematic approach to Catholic doctrine, Sacred Scripture, Catholic morality, Church history, catechetical principles and methods, and Vatican II.
- Basic Certificate in Apologetics
- Certificate in the Catechism of the Catholic Church
- Basic Certificate in Catechetics
- Advanced Certificate in Catechetics
- Basic Certificate for Catholic Educators
- Basic Certificate in Christian Morality
- Basic Certificate in the New Testament
- Basic Certificate in the Old Testament
- Basic Certificate in Prayer and Spirituality
- Basic Certificate in Vatican II
- Basic Certificate in Church History
- Basic Certificate in Sacred Scripture
The tabs below give more information about each of these certificates.