Category Archives: post-conciliar catechetical documents

GDC 286-291: Conclusion

We have arrived at the conclusion of this document. If you ever want to review this series, consult the linked page at the top or on the sidebar. Let’s read: 286. In formulating the present guidelines and directives every possible … Continue reading

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GDC 284-285: “Preparation of local catechisms: a direct responsibility of the episcopal ministry”

Today we talk about the virtue of a catechism as a genre of written catechesis: 284. Among the aids available to catechesis, catechisms excel all others. The note for this sentence is lengthy: The question of local catechisms has been … Continue reading

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GDC 283: “Elaboration of instruments and didactic aids for catechetical activity”

Let’s talk about books. If this document had been prepared today, we might be talking about internet sites, too. Books are seen as supplements to the “live communication of the Christian message.” They do not replace the catechist. 283. Along … Continue reading

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GDC 281-282: “Programme of catechetical actions and orientation”

Get with the program: 281. Following close study of the situation, it becomes necessary to proceed to the formulation of a programme of action. This will determine the objectives, the means of pastoral catechesis and the norms governing it with … Continue reading

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GDC 279-280: “Some responsibilities proper to the catechetical ministry”

Let’s examine “Some responsibilities proper to the catechetical ministry,” specifically, an “Analysis of the situation and its needs.” This analysis is directed for dioceses and other “big” organizations, but a parish should probably be attuned to this: 279. The particular … Continue reading

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GDC 278: “Catechesis in educational pastoral work”

The last post on coordination of catechesis: 278. Pastoral care offered by a particular Church in the area of education should establish a necessary co-ordination between the different loci in which education in the faith takes place. It is extremely … Continue reading

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GDC 276-277: “Catechetical activity in the context of new evangelization”

The Church mentions its continuum of missionary proclamation/catechesis/pastoral ministry. Those distinctions have a rough arc, to be sure, but the borders might appear blurred when the Church encounters those who were raised Christian, but have yet to fully awaken in … Continue reading

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