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IMPLICATIONS AND APPLICATIONS OF NDC. Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, STL, ThD Bishop of Portland, Maine. Introduction--Stories. Some challenges we face—people who can’t distinguish Catholic worship from other religious traditions don’t understand the role of the Church in the public square

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implications and applications of ndc

IMPLICATIONS AND APPLICATIONS OF NDC

Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, STL, ThDBishop of Portland, Maine

introduction stories
Introduction--Stories

Some challenges we face—people who

  • can’t distinguish Catholic worship from other religious traditions
  • don’t understand the role of the Church in the public square
  • lack catechetical training
  • don’t understand the Church’s social teaching
  • think Church teaching is only a matter of opinion
  • don’t see the importance of attending Mass
meta implications of the ndc
Meta-Implications of the NDC

Everyone in ministry must

  • appreciate the fact that evangelization and catechesis are part of their responsibilities
  • affirm NDC’s fundamental theological and pastoral principles
  • embrace application of those principles; agree on the nature, purpose, object, tasks, content, and some methodologies for catechesis
  • engage in evangelization and catechesis in the context of an overall pastoral plan
  • recognize the cultural context for evangelization and catechesis
culture
Culture

The culture in which we catechize reflects

  • confusion about what to believe
  • lack of understanding and appreciation
  • the disconnect between faith professed and faith lived
  • a cavalier dismissal of Catholic doctrine and discipline
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Culture

Culture is never neutral

  • Recognizing this is a first step towards a Christian response to culture
  • Some of the features of this “non-neutrality” are

-- pervasive secularism

-- religious indifference and ambiguity

-- growth of cults and “new age” thinking

-- defective anthropologies

-- a frantic pace of life

-- consumerism

-- relativism

(Clashing Symbols: Introduction to Faith and Culture by Paul Michael Gallagher)

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NDC Highlights
  • Catechesis intentionally evangelizes
  • Aims to arouse, mature, and inform faith
  • Calls people to conversion
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NDC Highlights
  • Catechesis is Christocentric, Trinitarian and Ecclesial
  • Truths of scripture and tradition are presented in an unadulterated way
  • Church is authoritative teacher
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NDC Highlights

3. Catechesis is informed by divine methodology

  • Rooted in Revelation, God’s gracious self-disclosure in Christ and the Holy Spirit.
  • Catechists connect Scripture/doctrine and human experience
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NDC Highlights

4. Catechesis builds upon the witness of the community of faith

  • Vitality of total parish life critical
  • Participation in faith community formative
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NDC Highlights
  • Catechesis involves “learning by heart”
  • NDC names what should be learned by heart
  • Some examples include

-- prayers

-- Commandments

-- Beatitudes

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NDC Highlights
  • Catechesis involves some use of media
  • Need to understand both its good and bad aspects
  • Catechists need training in using media.
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NDC Highlights

7. The RCIA is the model for all catechesis

  • Focus on mystagogy
  • Emphasis on lifelong learning
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NDC Highlights

8. Catechesis presents Eucharist as the heart of Christian life

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NDC Highlights
  • Catechesis for Penance focuses on
  • God’s love,
  • the reality of sin,
  • and the gift of God’s forgiveness
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NDC Highlights

10. Catechesis for Moral Life in Christ must connect faith as believed with faith as lived.

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NDC Highlights

11. NDC recognizes adult faith formation as a central focus.

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NDC Highlights
  • Roles in Catechesis
  • Many different individuals involved
  • Importance of trained and effective parish catechetical leaders
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NDC Highlights
  • Catechetical formation of seminarians and clergy is essential
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NDC Highlights

14. Formation of catechists must be a priority

implications
Implications

1. Diocesan catechetical leaders need to examine every aspect:

  • What are the unique challenges and forces affecting evangelizing catechesis in our dioceses?
  • How do we plan effective faith formation in light of these challenges?
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Implications

2. Bishops need to call all diocesan leaders embrace their role in evangelization and faith formation