An Ordinariate Catechism?
June 19, 2012 9 Comments
Steve Cavanaugh reports:
While it is understood that the Catechism of the Catholic Church is the standard for the Ordinariates, the Catechism itself is designed as a source for producing particular catechisms. With that in mind I point you to two considerations of this.
From Vincent Uher’s Tonus Peregrinus, writing about a text of Percy Dearmer:
I hope in due course the Ordinariates together with the Anglican Use parishes will produce a new particular Catechism with Services of Instruction like those with which we were once familiar. Of course, they would need to be adapted properly to our Catholic life. It would be an excellent way to bring quotes from the Anglican worthies to bear upon questions of the faith by way of footnote or direct quotation in the text…
In the September 2011 Holy Cross embertide issue of Anglican Embers, we published an article about devising an Ordinariate-specific Catechism. You can read author Hugo Mendez’s thoughs at “An Ordinariate Catechism: Prospects and Possibilities” on the Anglican Embers page of the Anglican Use Society’s web site.
This is thinking big. A good idea no doubt. I know that the Ukrainian expression of the Catholic Church uses her own Catechism, a book entitled Christ our Pascha. The Maronite Church, I think (?), uses a book called Captivated by your Teachings - a copy of which I own (purchased from the local Catholic bookshop). So I suppose the CCC acts as a base Catechism, if you will, for the entire Church, with the possibility of other catechisms being created from it as a source. An Anglican version for catechetical formation in the (various) Ordinariates would then be a distinct future prospect.