When Catholic Catechetical Works Don’t Teach the Faith

Archbishop Hughes Outlines Deficiencies, and a Plan of Action

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana, DEC. 24, 2003 (Zenit.org).- Nearly two-thirds of high school catechetical materials used throughout the United States are not in conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Archbishop Alfred Hughes of New Orleans, chair of the U.S. bishops’ ad hoc committee for the Implementation of the Catechism, reported the results of the committee’s evaluation of catechetical books at the episcopate’s conference last fall. He urged that bishops in their own dioceses restrict the use of catechetical texts to those that have received the judgment of conformity by the committee.

Archbishop Hughes shared with ZENIT what deficiencies the current textbooks have and what the U.S. bishops are doing to remedy the situation.