A number is years ago I attended a presentation on the General Directory of Catechesis (GDC) by Fr. Alfred McBride. I just recently looked at the notes I took from that presentation. I derived a few key points regarding important points that are needed in the work of catechesis today.
1. Catechesis needs a greater appreciation of the Catechumenal Process. The GDC encourages the catechumenal model as the ideal model for catechesis.
2. Catechesis must connect Scripture, Tradition and the Magisterium. These three categories go together when teaching the Catholic Faith.
3. Catechesis on Jesus Christ must emphasize both the humanity and divinity of Christ. One aspect cannot be taught at the expense of the other.
4. Catechesis needs to bring forth the realities of grace and sin. Over the last 40 years the reality of sin is too often brushed over and only grace is emphasized.
5. The link between catechesis and liturgy is vital to drawing others into communion with Christ and the Christian life.
6. Catechetical methods need to focus on God’s pedagogy. Too often experience is used at the cost of authentic content. Using experience to draw people into the faith is at the service of what is true. Not truth at the service of experience.