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New youth catechism filled with problems? May 10, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, disaster, Ecumenism, foolishness, General Catholic, North Deanery, scandals, sickness.
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There was a big controversy when the new ‘Youcat’ catechism intended for youth was released, with the Italian version stating that contraceptive use was just wonderful, you really should try it, and you don’t want to be a religious freak with 11 kids, do you?   Now, I am of the type that doesn’t like dumbed down things.  Even for children – I prefer to try to lift people up rather than stoop to their present level, at least as much as is possible.  I think most teenagers who have had a decent education should be able to navigate through the official Catechism, but others obviously hold a different view.  Since being ‘relevant’ is one of the utmost priorities for a church today, the Catholic Church had to get on the bandwagon and try to ‘appeal to the youth audience,’ whatever that means.  But I digress.

My good friend Steve B sent me a link to a review of this new youth catechism.  The reviewer raises a number of troubling issues:

  • There are sidebars on all the pages with ostensibly relevant quote to support the main text. The sidebars are supposed to be oriented towards supporting an understanding of the Faith.  Odd, then, that Martin Luther would be quoted several times, along with numerous other protestants.
  • The sidebars also include quotes by pop culture figures, such as in the section on the Sacrament of Confession and forgiveness, with Peter Sellers being quoted as follows: “The closest thing to a father confessor is probably a bartender.”  Thank goodness our Catholic youth will be exposed to such grand wisdom!  Many other such quotes seem to trivialize the Faith.
  • The ‘Youcat’s’ development was overseen by Cardinal Schoenborn of Austria.  The vast majority of those quoted in the book are German or Austrian, with many quotes being biased towards 20th Century modernists.  Is this book not to help youth understand the richness of the Catholic Faith, and appeal to all segments of society? 

There are more concerns on a detail level.  Fr. Finigan points out one here.  I do not know why a catechism, which is supposed to be a prime document to form people in the Faith, and to show the magnificence of our Catholic Doctrine and culture, would include numerous quotes by protestants, atheists, secular humanists and others hostile to the philosophy of the Faith.  Good Lord, they quote Nietzche!  Between Nietzche and Luther, it is hard to find two people who hated the Faith more!  And how, exactly, is quoting obscure German atheists being ‘relevant?’  Or was it more about being avant garde to a certain central European crowd?

I have not read the book.  Based on this review, I don’t intend to.  I think we’ll stick with established, proven sources for conveying the Faith to our children, thanks.

One final thought – must we be ‘ecumenical’…….and falsely at that……..even in our catechisms?

UPDATE: Another good Steve B recommendation – a description of the grave moral failings that led Luther to reject the Truth revealed by Christ through His Church and start his revolt.

A ‘church’ without Authority is lost May 10, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, Ecumenism, foolishness, General Catholic, North Deanery, sadness, scandals, Society.
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From Catholic Culture, after some analysis of the latest breakdowns in the Lutheran church, comes this conclusion:

Please. My friends, none of this works, and the sad thing is that it should be obvious to anyone capable of basic reflection that none of this works. Protestantism is capable of offering some goods conducive to salvation only to the degree that it continues to cherish what it has inherited from a real and identifiable “one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church”. Insofar as it progressively abandons this inheritance, Protestantism has less and less help to offer, less and less “insight” into the relationships between God and man, less and less similarity to what it means to be a church. [and yet, there are Catholics, like Kung, who want to take the Catholic Church down the same road]

The whole matter depends on the basic principles of what we might call Religion 101. Any Revelation which God discloses to us must necessarily include details of the ongoing authority by which that Revelation is to be transmitted and implemented over time. Without this, God has no means of making His Revelation effective; His Word would return to Him void (Is 55:11). The ultimate structure and authority of a Church, if it is to be taken seriously as something which can achieve God’s purpose despite human weaknesses, cannot be drawn from human imagination or fashioned through human debate and compromise. In other words, to avoid being irremediably flawed and inherently self-destructive, the mechanism of authority in a true Church must come from God Himself.

In Matthew 16:13-20, Jesus tells Peter that he is the rock upon which Christ will build His Church.  All the evidence of the early Church fathers, and it is copious, indicates that the Bishop of Rome – Peter, or one of his successors – was always the ultimate source of decision making, or Authority, in the Church, even when some of the 12 Apostles remained alive.  This fact was indisputable for the first half of the Church’s existence, but, unfortunately, the further we have gotten from the time of Christ, the less people have remembered of that great Truth of Roman Supremacy, established so clearly in both Sacred Scripture and Tradition.  500 years after the eastern church split off (the east being the source of all the early heresies), the protestant revolt occurred, and with their belief in individual interpretation and the primacy of the individual, it was Katy bar the door.  Within a few years, the number of sects exploded – by 1600, there were several dozen denominations where before there had been two.  How can all these be right?  They cannot be, unless one believes in a non-specific ‘good guy in the sky’ vision of God, handing out eternal salvation to everyone with a vague notion of ‘belief.’  It is very troubling the degree to which most people, even Catholics, hold this view of God.  I pray they are right.

Cardinal Burke comes to Texas May 10, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery, sickness, Society.
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Via Michael Voris, the great Raymond Cardinal Burke came to Houston recently to pray outside one of the largest abortuaries in the world.  Cardinal DiNardo of Houston was also present.  I greatly admire both men for their consistent pro-life efforts.  I always pray that our local Church leaders may do still more than they already do.  There is no greater moral issue facing this nation than the hideous barbarism of abortion on demand.

I have also been known to pray that Cardinal Burke may be the next Pope.  He is very friendly with Tradition and the Traditional Latin Mass.