Category Archives: post-conciliar catechetical documents

GDC 234: “Importance of the formation of Catechists”

Referring to those seven tasks of GDC 233 …. 234. All of these tasks are born of the conviction that the quality of any form of pastoral activity is placed at risk if it does not rely on truly competent … Continue reading

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GDC 233: “Pastoral care of catechists in a Particular Church”

The next twenty numbered sections cover Part Five’s CHAPTER II, “Formation for the service of catechesis.” Today’s section is titled, “Pastoral care of catechists in a Particular Church,” and offers seven points. Frankly, some of these are very interesting, and … Continue reading

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GDC 232: “Various types of catechists particularly necessary today”

Wrapping up Part Five, Chapter I on various “agents” of catechesis. Some of these you may recognize as staff members in your parish or as lay people who serve in any of these various needs: 232. The figure of the … Continue reading

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GDC 230-231: Lay catechists

Lay catechists are valued not only because of the quality of the information they impart, but also because their ministry is rooted in their life witness in the world: 230. The catechetical activity of the laity also has a proper … Continue reading

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GDC 228-229: “The role of religious in catechesis”

We’ve covered bishops, clergy, and parents. People in religious life have had a profound influence on faith formation. It’s less about catechetical content and more about the witness of life. I like the way Pope Paul drew an important distinction: … Continue reading

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GDC 226-227: “Parents, primary educators of their children”

The note on GDC’s title, “Parents, primary educators of their children,” references “chapter 3 of this Part, The family as an environment or means of growth in the faith, where the characteristics of family catechesis are analysed; here, more consideration is … Continue reading

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GDC 224-225: “Priests, pastors and educators of the Christian community”

In the previous two sections, we looked briefly at the role of bishops in catechesis. In today’s two sections, the Church considers the role of the parish priest: 224. The function proper to the presbyterate in the catechetical task arises … Continue reading

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GDC 222-223: “The Bishop has primary responsibility for catechesis in the particular Church”

Two heavily footnoted sections are careful to describe the catechetical ministry of a bishop: 222. The Second Vatican Council gave much importance to the proclamation and transmission of the Gospel in the episcopal ministry. “Among the principal duties of Bishops, … Continue reading

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GDC 220-221: “The Christian community and responsibility for catechesis”

Catechesis is not the domain only of the home or the classroom, or even the liturgical assembly: 220. Catechesis is a responsibility of the entire Christian community. Christian initiation, indeed, “should not be the work of catechists and priests alone, … Continue reading

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GDC 219: “The ministry of catechesis in the particular Church”

Four important characteristics of catechesis: 219. In all the ministries and services which the particular Church performs to carry out its mission of evangelization, catechesis occupies a position of importance. (The expression ministry of catechesis is used in Catechesi Tradendae … Continue reading

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GDC 217-218: The Particular Church

CHAPTER I of Part Five covers sections 217-232, under the title “The ministry of catechesis in the particular Churches and its agents.” In considering today “The particular Church” of GDC 217-218, the footnote reminds us of the following definition: In … Continue reading

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GDC 215-216: Catechesis in the Particular Church

We’ve come to the fifth part of the GDC, Catechesis in the Particular Church. We start with a small collection of scriptural quotes, and move to an outline of Chapter contents. “And he went up into the hills, and called … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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GDC 213: Tasks of the local Churches

 An interesting idealism is presented here, on a topic that will later be taken up in Part V, chapter 4. 213. Inculturation is a task for the particular churches and is referred to by all areas of the Christian life. Precisely … Continue reading

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GDC 212: Intervention in concrete situations

Many different situations, yes. Perhaps more than there ever have been: 212. The process of inculturation operated by catechesis is continually called to confront many, different concrete situations. Here some of the more frequent and relevant are mentioned. In the … Continue reading

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