GDC 190: “The catechesis of the marginalized”

How does the Church define “marginalized,” and how does it address catechesis to such people?

190. The catechesis of the marginalized must be considered within the same perspective. It addresses itself to immigrants, refugees, nomads, travelling people, the chronically ill, drug addicts, prisoners. The solemn word of Jesus, which acknowledged, as done to him any good work done to “the least of the brethren” (Mt 25,40;45) guarantees the grace needed to work well in difficult environments. Permanent signs of the strength of catechesis are its capacity to identify different situations, to meet the needs and questions of everyone, to stress the value of generous and patient personal contact, to proceed with trust and realism, sometimes turning to indirect and occasional forms of catechesis. The Christian community fraternally supports those catechists who dedicate themselves to this service.

Assessing the “strength” of catechesis by an overall flexibility to different people and situations. How would we fare as a parish, a diocese, or in a particular ministry if this standard were applied? The GDC doesn’t give us much in particulars on this point. And truly: how could it even assess every possible situation?

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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