Pope Francis references this document in paragraph 222. Veritatis Gaudium treats ecclesiastical institutions, not Catholic universities and colleges. But the principles listed below apply anywhere youth and young adults are educated.
222. Catholic schools remain essential places for the evangelization of the young. Account should be taken of a number of guiding principles set forth in Veritatis Gaudium for the renewal and revival of missionary outreach on the part of schools and universities. These include
- a fresh experience of the kerygma,
- wide-ranging dialogue,
- interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary approaches,
- the promotion of a culture of encounter,
- the urgency of creating networks
- and an option in favor of those who are least, those whom society discards.[cf Veritatis Gaudium 4]
Similarly important is the ability to integrate the knowledge of head, heart and hands.
A “fresh experience” of preaching the Gospel: that might mean age-appropriateness. It might also suggest a departure from how families and parish schools are handling the kerygma, especially in situations where faith languishes in the passing from one generation to the next.
Number 4, that culture of encounter, is significant. Do we take advantage of where we find people in the world, or are we burdened with the old Catholic mindset of expecting people to come to us, and if they don’t, to hell with them. Literally.
Thoughts on this? It seems pretty basic, but I’m sure one or two of these might make some Catholics nervous.
Don’t forget the document Christus Vivit can be found on this link at the Vatican site. The text in color is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana