Category Archives: post-conciliar catechetical documents

GDC 274-275: “Coherent diocesan catechetical programmes”

What should a diocese offer in terms of catechetical programming connected with Christian Initiation? Today’s sections tell it: 274. The diocesan catechetical programme is the global catechetical project of a particular Church, which integrates, in a structured and coherent way, … Continue reading

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GDC 272-273: “The importance of an effective co-ordination of catechesis”

The coordination of catechesis will be the topic of the next few posts covering GDC sections 272 through 278. Today, we start by reading about the “The importance of an effective coordination of catechesis.” 272. The co-ordination of catechesis is … Continue reading

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GDC 270-271: “The service of the Holy See”

Diocese–check. Between dioceses and national conference–check, check. What support can catechists and the ministry of formation expect from Rome? Pope John Paul II sees the role of Rome as a service to sister dioceses everywhere, but also something of the … Continue reading

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GDC 268-269: Inter-diocesan and National Considerations

Let’s review the GDC’s very quick take on cooperation between dioceses and the role of the national conference of bishops: Services of inter-diocesan co-operation 268. This co-operation is extremely fruitful in our time. Shared catechetical endeavour is advisable not only … Continue reading

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GDC 265-267: “The diocesan service of catechesis”

We head into Part Five, Chapter IV, “The organization of catechetical pastoral care in the particular Churches,” and we’ll start with a look at dioceses. Over the next several posts (through GDC 285) we’ll cover the last frontier of this document, … Continue reading

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GDC 263-264: Basic ecclesial communities

And lastly in this chapter covering “Loci and means of catechesis,” let’s look at base communities. Perhaps not so big in the US, but a significant part of the ecclesial experience in other countries, especially in mission lands: 263. Basic … Continue reading

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GDC 261-262: “Associations, movements and groups of the faithful”

What can we say about various associations and movements? Let’s keep in mind this runs the whole gamut: associates of religious orders, associations like the Knights of Columbus, more radical groups like Pax Christi, live-in lay communities, and the like. … Continue reading

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