Category Archives: 2007 Aparecida document

Aparecida 326-327: Ongoing, Permanent Formation

Many Catholic commentators have spoken often these days about ongoing formation and the problem with the graduation model. Lamentably, clergy can be star exhibits on how to treat a sacrament as a graduation event. The Aparecida bishops seem to be … Continue reading

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Aparecida 324-325: Demands of Community Life, Inculturation

The Aparecida bishops acknowledge that living as part of a faith community is demanding. I don’t know that seminaries are the best place to accomplish the laundry list below. I’ve bullet-pointed the list of expectations of bishops of their clergy. … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Aparecida 322: Healthy Freedom

322. In the entire formation process, the seminary environment and the formation pedagogy must foster a climate of healthy freedom and of personal responsibility, and avoid creating artificial environments or imposed paths. The candidate’s option for the priestly life and … Continue reading

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Aparecida 321: Formation Toward Maturity

The Aparecida bishops aim to ordain a mature person: 321. Special attention must be devoted to the process of human formation toward maturity, so that the vocation to the ministerial priesthood of the candidates becomes in each of them a … Continue reading

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Aparecida 320: Taking Mary Into One’s Home

The Aparecida bishops’ examination of seminary formation concludes with a note advocationg a deeper connection with the Blessed Mother: 320. Throughout formation, an effort shall be made to develop a tender and filial love for Mary, so that each candidate … Continue reading

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Aparecida 319: Comprehensive Formation

One cannot argue against the comprehensive formation urged here: 319. There must be a seminary formation plan that offers seminarians a true comprehensive process—human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral—centered on Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd. It is crucial that during the … Continue reading

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