Catechesis vs. Discipleship

Hagia Sophia - Christ Pantocrator

There's been a lot of discussion here on the Catholic Channel about how to do catechesis better, starting with Joanne McPortland's humble proposal to do away with catechesis of children and catechize adults instead. She wasn't entirely serious, but there was a lot to what she said. Leah Libresco, Elizabeth Duffy, Greg Popcack, and of course Elizabeth Scalia have all chipped in, and I'm probably missing a few.Here's my take: catechesis is the wrong focus, and discipleship is the right one. … [Read more...]

Discipline is for Disciples

Not an appropriate tool of Church discipline

Why don't Catholics handle church discipline in the manner described in the New Testament? St. Paul has a number of things to say about Church members who sin publicly, thereby causing scandal, up to and including casting them out of the community until they shape up; but the Church today handles matters quite differently. Why so?This question arose in a private forum I read; and a number of answers were offered. The most obvious is that there is an immense difference between a 1st … [Read more...]


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