GDC 4: Catechesis as an Evangelical Work

The GDC reviews some of the collaborative work done in the universal Church in the 70’s:

4. The reflections of the General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops of October 1974 on the theme of Evangelization in the Contemporary World constitute a decisive milestone for catechesis. The propositions subsequently drawn up by the Synod were presented to Pope Paul VI, who promulgated the post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Nuntiandi of 8 December 1975. This document enunciates, amongst other things, a particularly important principle, namely, that of catechesis as a work of evangelization in the context of the mission of the Church. Henceforth catechesis would be considered as one of the enduring concerns of the Church’s missionary mandate for our times.

The final General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, convoked by Pope Paul VI in October 1977, proposed catechesis to its participants as the theme for analysis and reflection. This Synod saw “in catechetical renewal a precious gift of the Holy Spirit to the contemporary Church”.(Catechesi Tradendae 3)

Some Catholics of this generation have latched on to the notion of the “new evangelization.” (It seems that some commentators who shun the term “new Church” seem to like the new E.) But let’s be clear: the reform and renewal of evangelization is not something new to the 21st century. There was important groundwork laid–and even done–back in the 70’s. It’s a great good and a grace that more Catholics are finally catching up to post-conciliar renewal.


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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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