Category Archives: bishops

On Scandal and a Funeral

Author and catechist Joe Paprocki had a facebook comment on Cardinal Law’s funeral: Our Church is quick to deny a funeral to someone in a gay marriage because of the “scandal” it would cause but then has a Vatican funeral … Continue reading

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Aparecida 300: Catechesis and Popular Piety

Today, finishing up the topic of permanent catechesis. The Aparecida bishops recognized that formation must plug in to where people are. Ineffective catechesis happens when information is served whole, without regard to a person’s interests, practices, or needs. 300. An … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Aparecida 298: Some Cautions on Catechesis

The Pope Emeritus was well aware of the problems posed to the Church by our current situation, including the problem of viewing catechesis as an occasional educational journey that culminates in some sacramental event:   298. Catechesis must not be … Continue reading

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A Cardinal Passes

The word’s in the news of the passing of Cardinal Law, unfortunate and deserved lightning rod for sex abuse cover-up. The nearness of death was whispered here. I get this metaphor: (T)he moment is bound to bring a “media circus” … Continue reading

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Aparecida 297: Catholic Identity

The Aparecida bishops speak of Catholic identity. A lot of groups north of the Mexican border do this also: parishes, universities, associations, etc.. Here, the bishops speak  of an identification with Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, Catholic identity is often linked with … Continue reading

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Aparecida 295-296: Permanent Catechesis

Numbered sections 295 through 300 cover the topic of “permanent catechesis.” Catechesis and its proponents get a lot of bad-mouthing in many Catholic circles these days. Closer to the truth is that catechetical material has never been better. Many catechists … Continue reading

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