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Term

GENERAL CATECHETICAL DIRECTORY

Definition

Document of the Sacred Congregation for the Clergy, issued by order of Pope Paul VI, "to provide the basic principles of pastoral theology -- these principles having been taken from the Magisterium of the Church, and in a special way from the Second General Council of the Vatican -- by which pastoral action in the ministry of the word can be more fittingly directed and governed" (April 11, 1971).