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The Catholic Catechist Magazine Guidelines
by Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
The Catholic Catechist magazine is to be a monthly publication, at least ten months of the year, excluding July and August.
The origin of this magazine goes back to Cardinal Jose Sanchez, Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy in Rome. During meetings that Inter Mirifica (legal arm of the Marian and Ignatian Catechists) had with Cardinal Sanchez he was the one who first proposed the magazine.
The proposal came in three stages:
There will be meetings at the Vatican beginning on September twentieth, to further clarify the authenticity behind this catechetical publication.
As now planned, the Catholic Catechist is to be a monthly periodical starting with some 40 pages of print. Its purpose would be manifold:
How are these ends to be achieved? In other words, what is the present proposed format of the Catholic Catechist?
In general, all the recognized qualities of good journalism are to be sought for this catechetical enterprise.
One of the principal sources of information for the magazine is to be the catechist themselves. This includes priests and religious who are teaching the faith; priests who are in greater or less measure teaching their own children religion at home; lay catechists in parish and other religious education programs; persons in the media, whether print, video, television or computer; and in general all those who have personal experience in communicating the teachings of Christ in the modern world.
There are some dozen English language catechetical periodicals currently published under Catholic auspices, namely in the United States. A careful examination of most of these magazines reveals two things:
In the light of the foregoing, a courageously Catholic periodical like The Catholic Catechist is necessary. Otherwise the already widespread ignorance of the true faith among many professed Catholics will only widen and deepen, continually in countries like the United States.
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