Leader of Knights Suggests Catechism-Mass Link

Proposes to Synod a Compendium for Lectionary

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VATICAN CITY, OCT. 21, 2008 (Zenit.org).- Supreme Knight Carl Anderson addressed the world Synod of Bishops with two concrete proposals, including a compendium for the lectionary.



The leader of the Knights of Columbus addressed the synod today.

He first noted that the Catholic men's group has long promoted a form of lectio divina -- which has been repeatedly emphasized during the synod -- within the context of Marian devotion through the rosary.

"We consider such communal proclamation and meditation on the Word of God within the setting of traditional Catholic devotions -- especially recitation of the rosary -- to be part of an effective response to the advances of the sects especially in Latin America, where communities are disadvantaged because of a priest shortage," Anderson said, according to the summary of his address released by the Vatican.

The knight went on to make two proposals, both aimed at providing greater formation for the laity.

"We suggest that a compendium to the lectionary be developed that coordinates sections of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to the Sunday readings in order to provide a greater richness in Sunday preaching and a greater connection between the fundamental truths of the Catholic faith and holy Scripture," he said.

Secondly, "to enhance greater formation of the laity in 'higher studies' of the Word of God […] we recommend Catholic universities enhance their core philosophy and theology requirements to include the entire New Testament with the intention of promoting a realistic and loving knowledge of the faith by encouraging, in the words of Dei Verbum, 'a pious reading of the Bible.'"

Anderson addressed the synod as one of the auditors appointed by Benedict XVI.

The 12th General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, dedicated to "The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church," ends Sunday.