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General Directory for Catechesis [Paperback]

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Pages   300
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 30, 2004
Publisher   USCCB Publishing
ISBN  1574552252  
EAN  9781574552256  

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An essential companion to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the General Directory for Catechesis (GDC) provides religious educators, teachers, and catechists with a single point of reference for all aspects of catechetical instruction, for content and pedagogy, as well as for methodology. Beginning with an introductory reflection of how contemporary human and ecclesial conditions have impacted the preaching of the Gospel, the Directory moves through a detailed presentation of the goals and essential elements of catechesis, from its role in the Church's mission of evangelization, to norms and guidelines for its presentation, to adaptations for various groups and situations

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A Must-Read for Catholic educational leaders  Jun 20, 2007
This is an official book of the Catholic Church on "catechesis" or teaching and handing on the faith. It is not a how-to manual, but a statement of vision, goals and methods. Published in 1997, it addresses the contemporary church and the challenges it faces, and it benefits from four decades of catechetical renewal and research following the Second Vatican Council.

Readers in the United States should also read the National Directory for Catechesis, which expands on this general text, applying its principles to the situation in the United States today.
Not actually bad, but not very useful either  Jan 18, 2005
Of course, this book doesn't contain anything bad (it's approved by the Pope). On the other hand:

- It's filled with typos, and the English translation is sometimes hard to understand.
- If you have a classroom filled with kids on one side, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church on the other side, and you're looking for help to make a connection between both, forget this book.
- With all this talk about "inculturation", adaptation, different cultures, etc., we almost start wondering whether evangelization is even possible! And the funniest thing is that Jesus in the Gospels speaks plainly, and the Gospels are translated in all the languages of the Earth, and everybody understands them, without having a "Ph.D. in Multi-Cultural Inculturation".
- One of the most "insulting" passages of the book is on page 279, footnote 35, were it is proclaimed that many practical textbooks exist, and that they are a treasure for the Church, except none are mentioned! That would have been the most bloody important part of the whole book! The whole book would have been worth it, if it had said: "Here are three good catechesis courses for children, three for adults, and three for special groups (like the handicapped, etc.), each one taken in a different cultural context, yet representative of an important part of the world population. All are approved by the Pope." That would have given us a much better idea of what good catechesis is, rather than a long and boring book.

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