Aparecida 323: Seminary Curriculum

Some words on academic training in seminaries:

323. At the same time, the seminary must offer a serious and deep intellectual formation in the field of philosophy, the human sciences, and especially in theology and missiology, so that the future priest learns to proclaim the faith in all its integrity, faithful to the magisterium of the Church, with critical attention, alert to the cultural context of our time and the major currents of thought and behavior that he will have to evangelize. Likewise, the study of the Word of God must be strengthened in the academic curriculum in the various fields of formation, striving to assure that the Divine Word is not reduced to something merely notional, but that it is really spirit and life that enlightens and nourishes all existence. Therefore, each seminary must have a sufficient number of well prepared professors.(Cf. Congregation for Catholic Education, Ratio Fundamentalis, nn. 32 and 36-37)

We can observe that the bishops were first concerned with the overall formation of priests-to-be. But these academic concerns blend nicely with what we’ve read in the sections previous to this one.

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


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