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The Quarterly Journal of St. Philaret’s Institute

Paradigm of Precatechesis of People with Anomalies and Peculiarities in Mental and Physical Health (Severely Ill, Mentally Handicapped, or Goners): Practice of the Early Church and Present-Day Experience

Zoya Dashevskaya
pp.  107–120
The article examines the paradigm of precatechesis and main characteristics of the precatechesis process in cases of severely ill or dying people and precatechumens with anomalies in mental health. Enchurching of such people requires church experience and pastoral delicacy of a catechist. Reference to the tradition of the early Church, particularly to liturgical canonic artifacts, testimonies of writers apologists and teachers of the Church, compared to present-day Christian Catholic (universal) practice may become utterly useful during precatechisis in special cases.
Keywords: catechesis, catechumenate, «special» catechumens, illness, mental and physical ailments, healing, precatechesis.

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