A recurring question among catechumenate team members is, what do the catechumens need to know before they can be initiatated. And some are often doubtful the liturgy, which is the source of all catechesis, can in fact teach them what they need to know. Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, laid out this lesson plan at the 150th anniversary of the American College Louvain on March 17, 2007.
The most important doctrines remain the same through the ages and need to be approached again and again by theology and in our preaching; namely,
- the divine and human natures of Christ;
- their union in the divine person of the Son;
- and the mystery of the Holy Trinity
- which Christ reveals in his Paschal Mystery.
I am not suggesting that theologians and preachers ought simply to stand up and talk more about these things. Rather, I am drawing our attention once again to the fact that these doctrines are the deepest sense of what the Scriptures proclaim and that this deepest sense was discovered precisely when the Scriptures were proclaimed in the liturgical assembly and when the Scriptures became sacrament in the eucharistic rite.