Official urges better catechesis for laity
President of the Pontifical Council for the Sciences, Dr Mary Ann Glendon, has said that Catholics' level of catechetical formation needs to match that of their general education.
Catholic News Agency reports that Dr Glendon, a professor of law at Harvard University and member of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, was speaking yesterday during a meeting with US journalists at the Council offices.
She said the Catholic lay faithful of today "have an intellectual level that is unprecedented in the history of the Church," but "unfortunately they do not have a formation in the faith proportional to this education".
Glendon, who led the Vatican delegation at the UN Summit on women in Beijing, said "Catechesis, the Christian formation of today's laity, needs to prepare them to face the challenges of the modern world."
The meeting with the journalists, which was also attended by the President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Archbishop John Foley, took place at the "Casina Pio IV," where the Pontifical Council for the Sciences has its offices.
Mary Ann Glendon: Better catechesis for the laity urgent (Catholic News Agency 14/4/05)
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15 Apr 2005