Category Archives: post-conciliar catechetical documents

GDC 257-258: “The parish as an environment for catechesis”

The importance of the parish cannot be understated. According to Pope John Paul II, it is where we become aware that ew are people of God. Heady stuff: 257. The parish is, without doubt, the most important locus in which … Continue reading

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GDC 256: “The baptismal catechumenate of adults”

A catechumenate takes place almost exclusively in a parish setting, and within the various subsettings there. There’s a note attached to today’s section heading, “See Part I, chap. III. Here the question of the baptismal catechumenate as a locus of … Continue reading

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GDC 255: “The family as an environment or means of growth in faith”

The first locus for catechesis, the domestic Church: 255. Parents are the primary educators in the faith. Together with them, especially in certain cultures, all members of the family play an active part in the education of the younger members. … Continue reading

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GDC 253-254: “The Christian community is a home for catechesis”

Part Five’s Chapter III covers twelve numbered sections, through GDC 264. In today’s post and those that will follow this week, we’ll look at where and how catechesis is conducted. First, is the Christian community, and the title of this section … Continue reading

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GDC 251-252: “Higher institutes for experts in catechesis”

Catechetical expertise for priests and lay people should be cultivated at a unioversity level: 251. A higher level of catechetical formation to which priests, religious and laity might have access is of vital importance for catechesis. In this regard it … Continue reading

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GDC 248-250: Schools for Catechists

In yesterday’s post, we looked at catechist formation in the parish: what the clergy can do, how catechists might work together, the value of retreats and special events, etc. Today we look at “schools” that will likely be organized for … Continue reading

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GDC 246-247: “The formation of catechists within the Christian community”

Today’s section offers some interesting and practical ideas for the parish. We start with the responsibility of the pastor or parish priests to bring lay catechists to an adult spiritual and religious maturity: 246. Among the ways of forming catechists, … Continue reading

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GDC 244-245: Pedagogical formation

How does one become an excellent teacher? This is the question that moves the formation of catechists from the sciences into a realm that might more accurately be described as a craft. Or an artform. 244. Together with those dimensions … Continue reading

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GDC 243: “Various criteria which can inspire the use of human sciences in the formation of catechists”

243. These are: a) Respect for the autonomy of the sciences: “the Church… affirms the legitimate autonomy of culture and especially of the sciences”. (Gaudium et Spes 59) b) Evangelical discernment of the different tendencies or schools in psychology, sociology, … Continue reading

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GDC 242: “The human sciences and the formation of catechists”

Today, affirmation for psychology and sociology: 242. The catechist also acquires a knowledge of (humankind) and the reality in which (we live) through the human sciences which have greatly developed in our own time. “In pastoral care sufficient use should be … Continue reading

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GDC 240-241: “The biblico-theological formation of the catechist”

Any formation for catechists that focuses on the Scriptures and theology is, by nature, Christo-centric: 240. Besides being a witness, the catechist must also be a teacher who teaches the faith. A biblico-theological formation should afford the catechist an organic … Continue reading

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GDC 239: “The human, Christian and apostolic maturity of catechists”

Are the human, Christian, and apostolic qualities all needful? I would affirm this. While I think there is some overlap amongst these three, there are distinctive characteristics of this. The Guide for Catechists does address human characteristics, and the note … Continue reading

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GDC 238: “The dimensions of formation: being, knowing, and savoir-faire”

A brief section today, suggesting a certain level of personal integration–a self-development, a knowledge of the Gospel message, and a spirited ability to communicate that message to others. When all three are in place, then I think we have authentic … Continue reading

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GDC 237: “The inspiring criteria of the formation of catechists”

Today, five criteria for forming catechists. Are the criteria themselves inspiring? Or does the formation of catechists itself require inspiration? 237. An adequate conception of the formation of catechists must always take prior note of some of the criteria which … Continue reading

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GDC 235-236: “Nature and purpose of the formation of catechists”

Let’s look a little more closely at catechist formation; it’s mainly about communicating: 235. Formation seeks to enable catechists to transmit the Gospel to those who desire to entrust themselves to Jesus Christ. The purpose of formation, therefore, is to … Continue reading

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