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Optatam Totius: Concluding Our Look at the Formation of Clergy

Optatam Totius includes an unnumbered conclusion: The Fathers of this holy synod have pursued the work begun by the Council of Trent. While they confidently entrust to seminary administrators and teachers the task of forming the future priests of Christ … Continue reading

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OT 21: Continuing Education

Optatam Totius 21 shows the council bishops had their thinking caps on. They concede the degreed young priest is still a work in progress: Since priestly training, because of the circumstances particularly of contemporary society, must be pursued and perfected … Continue reading

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OT 20: More on the Pastoral Aims of Seminary Training

Optatam Totius 20 says it: They should also be taught to use the aids which the disciplines of pedagogy, psychology, and sociology can provide, according to correct methodology and the norms of ecclesiastical authority. The social sciences get a bad … Continue reading

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OT 17-18: Teaching Methods and Specialized Training

A two for one post tonight. Optatam Totius 17 & 18. Starting with the first of these sections: But since doctrinal training ought to tend not to a mere communication of ideas but to a true and intimate formation of … Continue reading

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OT 16: Teaching Theology

Optatam Totius 16 starts off: The theological disciplines, in the light of faith and under the guidance of the magisterium of the Church, should be so taught that the students will correctly draw out Catholic doctrine from divine revelation, profoundly … Continue reading

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OT 15: The Study of Philosophy

Optatam Totius 15: The philosophical disciplines are to be taught in such a way that the students are first of all led to acquire a solid and coherent knowledge of man, the world, and of God, relying on a philosophical … Continue reading

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OT 14: More on Seminary Renewal

Optatam Totius 14 begins with a pragmatic thought: In revising ecclesiastical studies the aim should first of all be that the philosophical and theological disciplines be more suitably aligned and that they harmoniously work toward opening more and more the … Continue reading

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