Aparecida 299: Not Only Doctrine

The modern age prioritizes what can be known, verified, proven, argued well and to a finality. It’s not a coincidence that doctrine and catechesis are exalted a bit too highly among many Catholics.

299. Catechesis cannot be limited to merely doctrinal formation, but it must be a true school of integral formation. Hence, friendship with Christ in prayer, appreciation for liturgical celebration, shared experience in community, and apostolic commitment through ongoing service to others must be cultivated. To that end it would be useful to have some catechetical aids prepared on the basis of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, and to set up courses and schools of ongoing formation for catechists.

Formation in prayer, delight in liturgy, commitment to serve others: here is where the deepest experience of school is to be found. If catechists aren’t formed in this, there is less hope for students of the Gospel.

For deeper examination, an English translation of the 2007 document from the Aparecida Conference.

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