Uit het persbericht van het XIIe Europese Congres voor de Catechese:
“Christian initiation is closely connected to the new evangelisation of young people, parents and the whole community. Catechesis should not therefore be seen on the fringes of the new evangelisation, but is an integral part of it. Therefore it is necessary to link the new evangelisation to the tradition of the faith (traditio fidei), understood as transmission of the content and experience, personal and communal, of the faith.
Catechists are real people! They are aware of the difficulties of the current situation, marked by many elements of a break with the past and secularisation, but at the same time they are enthusiastic people, passionate communicators of the Gospel.
A clear element emerging both from the survey and reflections at the meeting, is that Christian initiation is certainly a personal experience, but cannot be fully experienced if it is outside the community. It is the community which catechises!
Catechesis is not solely addressed to children but is an experience which involves everyone. Catechists and ‘catechising’ are, at the same time, protagonists and objects of catechesis. Therefore, it is not possible to think of a catechesis without caring for the catechists, families and the community in general. The participants recalled that faith can only be communicated if the person him / herself is living the faith.
Catechesis is not just the transmission of concepts, but also the experience of the encounter with Christian art, the fruit of a lived faith capable of transmitting the beauty of God. …
Finally, catechesis is not just indoctrination but it is above all experience of God. It must be recognised that the child, too, is open to the transcendent and must be helped to develop this friendship with Christ.“