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Catholics 'must promote' Catechism
Neglect of formation has made Indonesians 'decadent,' says JesuitJesuit Father Telephorus Krispurwana Cahyadi (with laptop) discusses with catechists in Jakarta
- Konradus Epa, Jakarta
- March 21, 2011
‚ÄúCatechism and evangelization have become major problems for the Catholic Church,‚ÄĚ Jesuit Father Telephorus Krispurwana Cahyadi told 52 catechists from Jakarta archdiocese.
He pointed to a growing number of divorces among young couples as a prime example.
Catechists must pay serious attention to their task in teaching the Catholic faith he told the gathering organized by the diocesan commission on catechetic at the archdiocese‚Äôs hall on March 19.
‚ÄúDo your job, which is to proclaim the Good News,‚ÄĚ he urged.
The lecturer at the Jesuit-run Driyarkara School of Philosophy in Jakarta voiced concerned over Catholics seemingly concerning themselves over the Church‚Äôs appearance rather than the liturgy that develops a meaningful relationship with God.
‚ÄúThis indicates our Church likes to show off and be seen as a successful Church,‚ÄĚ he claimed.
Agustina Sri Rahayu from Trinity Church in Cengkareng agreed with Father Cahyadi‚Äôs assessment.
‚ÄúWell, it is not only me who feels the Catholic Church has not paid serious attention to catechism. I think all catechists feel it too,‚ÄĚ she said.
She suggested that catechists should be more creative so as to attract students.
A similar opinion was voiced by another catechist, Fransiskus Mulyadi: ‚ÄúFamilies and parishes also play significant roles in the faith formation of children,‚ÄĚ he said.
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