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Putting on Errors: How Pride Corrupts Catechesis

16 Aug

In the 1990s, shortly after the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the United States bishops formed the Ad Hoc Committee to Oversee the Use of the Catechism, which subsequently evolved into the “USCCB Subcommittee on the Catechism.” Ever since, the U.S. bishops have helped to ensure that all catechetical materials are in “conformity” with the Catechism. The criteria are minimal standards and not particularly exacting, but the overall effect of this review process has been positive.

The head of the Ad Hoc committee for many years was Archbishop Daniel Buechlein of Indianapolis. As the committee started to review the many inadequate catechetical materials that were being used to teach our children, Archbishop Buechlein famously noted ten recurring errors in contemporary catechesis. For this “top ten” list, and for tips on identifying these errors, see “Where Do We Go Wrong? Top Ten Errors in Catechesis.”

Archbishop Buechlein pointed out that human action, human initiative, and human experience are commonly overemphasized in some catechetical materials, while the power and divinity of God seem to be undermined. Continue reading