Sunday, February 27, 2011

Deficiences in catechesis today

The following is a list of deficiences found in catechetical material published by Catholic publishers and used in Catholic classrooms according to Archbishop Buechlein. How many of them do you recognize from material that you have used?

1. Insufficient attention to the Trinity and the Trinitarian structure of Catholic beliefs and teachings.

2. An obscured presentation of the centrality of Christ in salvation history and insufficient emphasis on the divinity of Christ

3. An indistinct treatment of the ecclesial context of Catholic beliefs and magisterial teachings

4. An inadequate sense of a distinctively Christian anthropology

5. Insufficient emphasis on God's initiative in the world, with a corresponding overemphasis on human action

6. Insufficient recognition of the transformation effects of grace

7. Inadequate presentation of the sacraments

8. Deficiency in the teaching of original sin and sin in general

9. Meager exposition on the Christian moral life

10. Inadequate presentation of eschatology

11. Avoidance of personal pronouns in reference to God

12. Use of the term "Hebrew Scriptures" when referring to the Old Testament

13. Common use of BCE and BC instead of AD.

14. Order of the reception of the sacraments of initiation does not correspond to the CCC

15. Influence of relativism is apparent

16. Continuing need for a balanced Christianity

17. Does not differentiate between the ordained ministry and the ministry of the baptized.

18. Gives into pressure to be politically correct and sensitive in language.


Deanna said...

The sad thing about this list is that it probably is not complete! I see many people going to Lectionary based based programs for Religious Ed and RCIA and I htink it is a big mistake. It certainly adds to the "what's missing" list.

RAnn said...

One of the many things that disappointed me about the "Catholic" high school my son attended for two years was the religion teacher who refused to refer to God as He--it led to some really stupid-sounding alternatives: Godself instead of Himself. A history teacher used the BCE/ACE dating. They didn't attend mass on a holy day. They had a class retreat that didn't include mass or confession. The unit on the sacraments only got as far as baptism--but the teacher did have time to show a film about the evils of Wal-Mart.

At least the public school doesn't teach such nonsense.

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