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PAGE 19ARKANSAS CATHOLIC AUGUST Z6, 1990 p Howze calls Baltimore Catechism "inadequate tool" bllliloxi, MS (CNS) - Bishop Joseph L. 0Wze of Biloxi, MS, has said the Bal- tinaore Catechism was an "inadequate t0ol" for religious education, even Ough some Catholics may remember the times when it was used as "the good 01d days." Bishop Howze said his aim was not to COndemn or approve any present-day O0ok of religious instruction," but to Point OUt that for more than 75 years there has existed a "catechetical move- aent to improve the teaching of reli- gious instruction. h lie added that not all modern text- [0oks of religious instruction are "saris- tory in all cases," but that the Balti- Ore Catechism method was "mere raenaorization- and that such an ab- Stract approach was "doomed to fail- Re." g The Baltimore Catechism, promul- ted in 1885 at the Third Plenary .0until of Baltimore, was revised in ommi tee Confraternity of Christian Doc- -.ane, said the bishon, who noted that ~Ince r . . l- the Second Vatican CounctlIthas dpSed from print. lta , ligious instruction by means of the Git.hmore Catechism required that mldren were to learn the catechism bY heart, word of word. The result, in man Y Cases, was a mere mechanical ernorization of abstract texts, the i eaning of which often was not under- LOod * . T ' ne said. , a eachers were content to have stu- dents uh.= raemorize the catechism without . ?uerstanding its avplication to "reli- gious . . r .hying, he said. "Such methods k. ,eligious instruction succeeded in ~urln ret ...g the students to the peat of ellln against catechism classes, and rnately against religion itself." Still getting your paper late? Drop us a note, telling us when you receive your weekly paper. We need your help in order to straighten out this problem. Arkansas Catholic P.O. Box 7417 Little Rod