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 because of the nature of inculturation which takes place in concrete and specific circumstances, “a legitimate attention to the particular Churches cannot but enrich the Church. It is indeed pressing and indispensable”. (Evangelii Nuntiandi 63) To this end, and most opportunely, Episcopal Conferences, almost everywhere, are proposing Catechetical Directories (and analogous instruments), catechisms and aids, workshops and centres of formation. In the light of what has been expressed in the present Directory, an updating and revision of local directories becomes necessary. This should stimulate competition between centres of research, whilst availing of the experience of catechists and encouraging the participation of the people of God.

One cannot rely on a universal instrument, and the expertise of others. Not only are printed and adapted catechisms part of the need, but also workshops and those “centres of formation.” What do those last ones mean? Perhaps less a place for believers and catechists to be schooled and more a consortium of theologians and teachers to provide support for parishes.

And what’s with this “competition”? I would hope something less than ideological tussles across regional boundaries, but perhaps more the cultivation of specialized expertise. What do you think?

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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