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GDC 211: Anthropological environments and cultural tendencies

Forming and executing a catechesis where people are: that would take true openness. 211. The Gospel seeks a catechesis which is open, generous and courageous in reaching people where they live, especially in encountering those nuclei in which the most … Continue reading

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GDC 209-210: The media of communication

I think a bit more would be said about the mass media if this document were updated today. The internet has brought a whole new dynamic to catechesis. 209. Intrinsically connected with the question of language is that of the … Continue reading

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GDC 208: Language

Today’s section explores a concept from Catechesi Tradendae 59. And it’s interesting that this 1979 document recognizes some important aspects abvout language that perhaps the institution forgot when it formulated Liturgiam Authenticam: 208. Inculturation of the faith, under certain aspects, is … Continue reading

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GDC 207: Privileged forms and means

Today, more on inculturation: 207. Among the forms most apt to inculturate the faith, it is helpful to bear in mind catechesis of the young and adult catechesis on account of the possibilities which they offer of better correlating faith … Continue reading

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GDC 206: Those with responsibility for the processes of inculturation

 Pope John Paul II’s 1990 encyclical suggests a very broad and egalitarian approach to inculturation: 206. “Inculturation must involve the whole People of God, and not just a few experts, since the people reflect the authentic ‘sensus fidei’ which must … Continue reading

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GDC 205: The need for and criteria of evaluation

How to evaluate inculturation in catechesis? Very carefully, and with an eye toward a full and honest presentation of the Christian faith: 205. In the evaluation phase, particularly in cases of initial attempts or experimentation, careful attention must always be … Continue reading

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GDC 204: Methodological processes

Methodological process: what does it mean? Listening, discernment, purification, stimulation, dialogue, and patience: 204. Catechesis, while avoiding all manipulation of culture, is not limited to a mere juxtaposition of the Gospel with culture in some “decorative manner”. Rather it proposes … Continue reading

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GDC 203: “Duties of catechesis for inculturation of the faith”

Section 53 of John Paul II’s 1979 apostolic exhortation Catechesi Tradendae forms the basis of this section. Six duties are listed: 203. These duties form an organic whole and are briefly expressed as follows: – to know in depth the culture … Continue reading

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GDC 202: “Catechesis and contemporary culture”

If you’re still tracking this document with us, we’re in Part Four, “Those to be catechized,” which will run through GDC 214. The final thirteen numbered sections make up CHAPTER V, Catechesis in the socio-cultural context. The document gives the … Continue reading

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GDC 201: “Catechesis in relation to ‘new religious movements'”

The title’s footnote reads: Report of the Secretariat for Christian Unity, the Secretariat for non-Christians and the Secretariat for non-believers and the Pontifical Council for Culture The Phenomenon of Sects or new religious movements: pastoral challenge, L’Osservatore Romano, 7 May … Continue reading

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GDC 200: “Catechesis in the context of other religions”

Regarding Islam and other religions, a heavily footnoted title includes references to Evangelii Nuntiandi 53, the 1977 Synod of Bishops Message to the People of God 15, Christifedeles Laici 35, Redemptoris Missio 55-57, Catechism 839-845, Tertio Millennio Adveniente 53, and the … Continue reading

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GDC 199: “Catechesis in relation to Judaism”

Relevant documents contributing to this section would be Nostra Aetate, especially section 4. Also of note is the Secretariat for Christian Unity’s Commission for religious relations with Judaism’s 1985 document, Jews and Judaism in Catholic preaching and catechesis.  The former document … Continue reading

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GDC 197-198: “Catechesis in the context of ecumenism”

Ecumenism: ah! Let’s remember that when we speak of ecumenism, we refer to the relationships between Christian communities, not the exchanges of Christians with those outside faith in Christ. The note with the title of this section refers to no less than … Continue reading

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GDC 195-196: “Catechesis and popular devotion”

These two sections fall under the heading of “Catechesis and popular devotion,” referenced in previous documents: the General Catechetical Directory 6; Evangelii Nuntiandi 48; and Catechesi Tradendae 54. I’ll let you read through the sections, then I’ll offer a concern or … Continue reading

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GDC 193-194: “Catechesis in complex and pluralistic situations”

GDC 193-201 are congruent to Part Four, Chapter IV, Catechesis in the socio-religious context. Simply put, how do we do catechesis in context of other people? People of other faiths, people of no faith, and others in human society we … Continue reading

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