WASHINGTON (October 16, 2007)–The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will vote on two youth related catechetical documents at their annual meeting in Baltimore, November 12-15.
The first, Doctrinal Elements of a Curriculum Framework for the Development of Catechetical Materials for People of High School Age, establishes a specific curriculum framework for the instruction of the faith for high school students. It is primarily for use in Catholic high schools, but is also adaptable for parish youth ministries and home-schooling. The document offers a framework of instruction within a four-year, eight-semester course.
The guidelines focus on helping youth to not only understand their Catholic faith but also encounter Christ in a way that helps them want to know him better and be transformed by him. The document answers requests of catechetical publishing houses for greater direction in the creation of instructional materials.
The second item, Catechetical Formation in Chaste Living: Guidelines for Curriculum and Publication Design, addresses education in morality and virtue. These guidelines focus on catechetical formation in faith and morals as well as virtues for chaste living. The document acknowledges the primary role of parents in instructing children on matters of human sexuality according to Church teachings and describes the role of the Church in helping and supporting parents in their responsibilities.
The bishops' meeting will be November 12-15, at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel. Coverage of the meeting will be open to credentialed media. Reporters seeking to cover the meeting can download a credential application form from the Web at
(http://www.usccb.org/comm/credentialform.pdf) and submit it by November 5 via fax (202-541-3173) or mail it to:
November Meeting Media Credentials
Dept. of Communications
3211 4th St., NE
Washington, DC 20017-1194