GDC 214: Guided initiatives

Most of these four “guided initiatives,” and others of their kind, are probably best-handled on at least the diocesan level. But likely regional or national, given some the expertise listed here:

214. The importance of the matter, as well as, the indispensable phase of research and experimentation requires initiatives guided by legitimate Pastors. These include:

>– promotion of widespread catechesis which serves to overcome ignorance and misinformation, the great obstacle of every attempt at inculturation: this permits that dialogue and direct involvement of persons who can best indicate effective ways of proclaiming the Gospel;

>– carrying out pilot-schemes of inculturation of the faith within a programme established by the Church: the Catechumenate of adults according to the RCIA assumes a particularly influential role in this respect;

>– if, in the same ecclesial area there are several linguistic or ethnic groups, it is always useful to provide for the translation of guides and directories into the various languages, promoting, by means of catechetical centres, an homogenous catechetical service for each group;

>– setting up a dialogue of reciprocal learning and of communion between the Churches, and between these and the Holy See: this allows for the certification of experiences, criteria, programmes, tools and for a more valid and up to date inculturation.

Number one is often interpreted as “apologetics” these days. But assessing the struggle against misinformation requires something of an understanding of exactly what the Church’s misinformed critics are actually saying. The third and fourth of the initiatives listed seem to assume some cooperation between and among dioceses. I’ll tell you that doesn’t happen on occasion. Bishops within a province and their catechetical staffs are not always working from the same page these days. Ideology is a significant obstacle. And a lack of trust.

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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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