For most of my life I have been involved in catechesis. I have served as both a volunteer and in paid positions in the Church. I won’t bore you with my résumé; let’s just say I’ve done just about everything a lay person can do without needing special permission. I do though, have some special education, that is, I’ve studied Catholicism quite a bit both formally and informally.
I have a concern or worry and a problem. In the last few weeks I’ve heard youth leaders (all volunteer) say things that are just not quite right about the faith. When I think about it I am disturbed. I teach all the time: children, parents, adults, RCIA groups, scripture, and whatever else is needed. When I am asked a question and don’t know the answer, I admit it. I don’t make up an answer. I also leave my opinion at the door. When I speak, I am doing so from a position of authority and so what I say must be 100% in line with the Church.
Upon further thinking about this and asking people why they answered in such a way, I find that these folks think they are correct with their response. Even to go so far as to say, “Well, maybe you’re right, but that’s what I think” when corrected.
So here is my question to you: does your diocese require some level of training in order to be a catechist to children, youth, and/or adults? Does your parish? I am not talking here about “how to teach” training but rather training in Catholicism. How does your parish screen potential catechists?
I know what I think is a good plan, but sometimes when you talk to yourself you only seem brilliant. I would like to know what goes on in other places and take other views into consideration.
Copyright 2014, Deanna Bartalini