Category Archives: post-conciliar catechetical documents

GDC 259-260: Catholic schools

Today’s section explores Catholic schools: 259. The Catholic school (Cf. Congregation for Catholic Education, The Catholic School, Rome 1977) is a most important locus for human and Christian formation. The declaration of the Second Vatican Council, Gravissimum Educationis “makes a … Continue reading

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GDC 257-258: “The parish as an environment for catechesis”

The importance of the parish cannot be understated. According to Pope John Paul II, it is where we become aware that ew are people of God. Heady stuff: 257. The parish is, without doubt, the most important locus in which … Continue reading

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GDC 256: “The baptismal catechumenate of adults”

A catechumenate takes place almost exclusively in a parish setting, and within the various subsettings there. There’s a note attached to today’s section heading, “See Part I, chap. III. Here the question of the baptismal catechumenate as a locus of … Continue reading

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GDC 255: “The family as an environment or means of growth in faith”

The first locus for catechesis, the domestic Church: 255. Parents are the primary educators in the faith. Together with them, especially in certain cultures, all members of the family play an active part in the education of the younger members. … Continue reading

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GDC 253-254: “The Christian community is a home for catechesis”

Part Five’s Chapter III covers twelve numbered sections, through GDC 264. In today’s post and those that will follow this week, we’ll look at where and how catechesis is conducted. First, is the Christian community, and the title of this section … Continue reading

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GDC 251-252: “Higher institutes for experts in catechesis”

Catechetical expertise for priests and lay people should be cultivated at a unioversity level: 251. A higher level of catechetical formation to which priests, religious and laity might have access is of vital importance for catechesis. In this regard it … Continue reading

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GDC 248-250: Schools for Catechists

In yesterday’s post, we looked at catechist formation in the parish: what the clergy can do, how catechists might work together, the value of retreats and special events, etc. Today we look at “schools” that will likely be organized for … Continue reading

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