Aparecida 338: Comprehensive Discipleship

Some details on schools:

338. Our proposal is that in Catholic institutions education in faith be comprehensive and across the curriculum, taking into account the formation process for encountering Christ and for living as his disciples and missionaries and introducing true processes of Christian initiation within it.

This should be a priority in the US and Canada as well. I would interpret “true” Christian initiation as being discipleship formation with some support elements of catechesis. The emphasis on head knowledge creates new generations of Catholics who have little concept of what our mission is about.

We likewise recommend that the educational community (principals, teachers, administrative staff, teachers, parents, etc.) as authentic ecclesial community and center of evangelization, undertake its role in the formation of disciples and missionaries at all levels.

At all levels? That would have to include discipleship formation within the institution, including an outreach to parents.

From there, in communion with the Christian community, its source, it should promote a pastoral service in the sector where it is inserted, especially youth, the family, catechesis, and promoting the human development of the very poor. These objectives are essential in processes of student admissions, their families, and hiring teachers.

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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