Day #284: Optatam Totius 13-14

Today in the Decree on Priestly Training, we start Chapter V on “The Revision of Ecclesiastical Studies.”  Here we get into the content of the courses.

Article 13 begins this section with the Council Fathers encouraging the presence of general humanity courses on par with that of any other higher education.  The Council Fathers also state the need for seminarians to learn Latin and the “liturgical language”.  In addition, they encourage seminarians to study the biblical languages.

Article 14 discusses the need for a revision in theology and philosophy coursework to ensure that it leads to “opening more and more the minds of the students to the mystery of Christ.”  Further, the paragrapgh calls for an introductory class in seminary that will help the students grasp the end goal of their studies.

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