When I was a religious seminarian in the 1980’s I was never taught (in postulancy, novitiate, one minor seminary & two theologates - 6 yrs total) exactly what the content of the Gospel is. Considering that the primary task of the bishop & priests is to preach the Gospel (cf Mk 16:15-16 & CCC #888), it seems to me that was a major, to put it mildly, shortcoming of my theological training. If priests in training are not taught how to execute their primary task, how, pray tell can the Church evangelize and grow in cultures across the globe, including the U.S., that are, in large measure, opposed to it?
The NT constantly mentions the Gospel/Word of God. In context about 98% of these references are oral as it mentions the Gospel being preached/spoken/heard. But I don’t see where this Gospel is summarized in the NT. So where/what is it?
It is analogous to a med school not teaching basic anatomy to first year students. Without having muscle, bone, organs, nerves, collagen etc explained in year one the students won’t have a solid foundation from which to work with.
I am curious if other seminarians/priests are having/had the same experience.