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To: siunevada
And if anyone uses the phrase 'the spirit of Vatican II' I believe, as RCIA director, you are authorized to thrash them soundly about the head and shoulders.


Personally, I don't like the lectionary approach which leaves too much room for loosy-goosy stuff. The sessions end up being too much sharing-how-you-feel chatty sessions and left little room for actual doctrinal teaching. That's been my experience anyway.

14 posted on 05/31/2006 9:54:31 AM PDT by Carolina
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To: Carolina; Juana la Loca
Personally, I don't like the lectionary approach which leaves too much room for loosy-goosy stuff.

Maybe. I'd say it depends on the personalities of the RCIA team. If they are orthodox they can make anything work.

I had some sobering experiences as an RCIA sponsor. I don't know who that 'spirit of V II' is but I don't think it is the Holy Spirit.

How about this book? Tongue only very slightly in cheek, I suggested we might try this with youth ministry:

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16 posted on 05/31/2006 11:12:40 AM PDT by siunevada (If we learn nothing from history, what's the point of having one? - Peggy Hill)
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To: Carolina; siunevada
I agree, the lectionary approach is not very good in teaching doctrines of the faith. You end up twisting Scriptures and refering to other Scriptures to explain doctrine. The Lectionary is built around themes of discipleship and such, not around proving the doctrines of faith.


19 posted on 05/31/2006 11:28:48 AM PDT by jo kus (There is nothing colder than a Christian who doesn't care for the salvation of others - St.Crysostom)
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