The four great conciliar constitutions, On the Sacred Liturgy, On Divine Revelation, On the Church, and On the Church in the Modern World, have set down principles which will shape the life of the Church for decades, if not centuries. Not only did the Council ratify and approve what the leading catechists had been saying about the need to harmonize teaching and life, but it went far beyond their visions and opened up new horizons and perspectives. Because of this it was necessary to rethink, reorganize, and considerably expand Part Two of previous editions. . .
Besides the major conciliar constitutions, the decrees On the Bishops’ Pastoral Office, On the Apostolate of the Laity, On the Church’s Missionary Activity, and to some extent the Declaration on Christian Education, were discussed and applied to catechetics by the International Study Weeks of Bangkok, Katigondo, and Manila in 1962, 1964, and 1967. Much of the thinking of these groups is reflected in a new chapter which has been added to Part One, “The Impact of the Missions on Catechetics,” as well as in some selections from their conclusions, which have been added to the appendix.
The Decree on Priestly Formation made it possible for us to omit a chapter on the role of kerygmatic theology in priestly formation, which had appeared in previous editions. . .
Johannes Hofinger, S.J. (1905-1984) a Roman Catholic religious educator, was born in Tyrol, Austria on March 21, 1905. He began at the seminary in Salzburg at the age of 11, later studied philosophy at the Gregorian University in Rome, and entered the Society of Jesus on Sept. 7, 1925. Hofinger studied theology in Innsbruck, Austria, under the tutelage of the famous historian, liturgist and catechetical scholar, Josef Jungmann, S.J. Between 1953 and 1970, Hofinger impacted greatly Catholic liturgy, religious education and missiology in Asia, the Pacific Islands, Europe, the United States, Australia and South America. He also helped to develop the concept of "liturgical inculturation" both theoretically and practically
Francis J. Buckley, S.J. is Professor of Systematic and Pastoral Theology at the University of San Francisco.
"This new, third edition clearly reflects the impact of Vatican II on catechetics... The Decree on Priestly Formation made it possible...to omit a chapter on the role of kerygmatic theology in priestly formation, which had appeared in previous editions. The growing emphasis on adult education throughout the whole Church will....make this book even more helpful and timely than before. It was written for those who have the task of proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ." —From the Preface.