Joe Galluzzo counts himself among the survivors of some of the fluffy religious education innovations of the 1970s and ’80s.
“My Catholic education was not as well-grounded as some of the programs that we’re involved with right now,” the self-described baby boomer said.
While Galluzzo took matters into his own hands and enrolled in an archdiocesan school for adults, national church leaders hope imminent changes will mean other Catholics won’t have to.
Content-light programs for children that came into vogue after Vatican II — games instead of memorization, crafts instead of indoctrination — are out. Replacing them: new classes for kids and for adults who need to learn basic doctrine.
It’s a “huge shift,” said Bishop Richard J. Malone, a regional bishop in the Archdiocese of Boston who serves on the national committee dealing with the changes. “We’re trying desperately to get at the notion that this whole thing of religious education and formation is not just something for children — it is a lifelong process.”