Let’s note good work, suggests the Congregation of Bishops:
3. The Magisterium of the Church, throughout these years, has never ceased to exercise its pastoral solicitude for catechesis. Numerous Bishops and Episcopal Conferences in all parts of the world have devoted considerable attention to catechesis by means of catechisms and pastoral guidelines, by promoting the formation of their priests and by encouraging catechetical research. Efforts such as these have proved fruitful and have contributed much to catechetical praxis in the particular Churches. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, published by the Congregation for Divine Worship on 6 January 1972, has proved especially useful for catechetical renewal.
Mention must also be made in a particular way of the ministry of Pope Paul VI, who shepherded the Church in the immediate post-conciliar period. In his regard, Pope John Paul II has said: “… through his gestures, his preaching, his authoritative interpretation of the Second Vatican Council — considered by him to have been the great catechism of modern times — and through the whole of his life, my venerable predecessor Paul VI served the Church’s catechesis in a particularly exemplary fashion”.( Catechesi Tradendae 2)
Vatican II: no spirit here, just the “great catechism” of the age. Man, that must go down with difficulty in some quarters.
In this and the next several sections, the GDC reviews post-conciliar history and takes note of the positive initiatives of the period of 1971-1997, the years between the two editions of this document.