DAILY CATHOLIC - THURSDAY, February 5, 1998 volume 9, no. 26
WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?
INTRODUCTION: The Feature Article, begun in the inaugural issue two years ago, deals with the state of the Church. We continue probing the question that has perplexed the Magisterium and the laity for the past 30 years as the liberal element has left its mark, effecting changes that have seemingly watered down the "Roman Catholic" traditions. Yet, God in His Infinite Wisdom, has allowed this to happen for a specific purpose. He has been preparing us in a special way by sending His very Own Blessed Mother to guide us and remind us of our roots. Through perseverance, prayer and loyalty to Holy Mother Church headed by the Holy Father John Paul II and adhered to by the faithful who will not compromise, the pendulum is beginning to swing back toward the conservative side. In the fifty-seventh installment of this on-going feature series, we continue to sound the clarion as a wake-up call to all Catholics, especially bringing to the attention of all Catholics the inherent dangers of many heresies being spewed about and given silent consent by some bishops, archbishops and even cardinals who fail to speak out against these aberrations and the way these heresies are rubber-stamped by the media. If we allow the modernists, liberals and some cafeteria Catholics to dictate what our faith should or shouldn't be we're going to be in big trouble when the third millennium dawns. In this fifth chapter for 1998 we continue to alert the reader to what is happening and sound the call to arms, to enlist in Mary's army and take up the battle cry: Enough! God said it, we believe it, that settles it! Too many Catholics are going their own way with little regard to what their spiritual shepherd - the Vicar of Christ says. Sin is whitewashed. If we're not careful there will be a tremendous backwash and who among us wants to get caught in the vortex of that swirling whirlpool of Justice? With this chapter we complete the second of a two-part feature commemorating "Catholic Schools Week" with a state-of-the-system look, pinpointing the problems and offering solutions to restoring Faith in our Faith through education. That is the crux of our retort for this series is a set blueprint for Catholics everywhere to take up the banner of truth in defending Christ's One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
Wake-up Call to all Catholics the thirtieth clarion
Beware of False Prophets in the American Church - part seventeen: Restoring Faith in our Faith through Education - part two
"Even so, it is not the will of your Father in Heaven that a single one of these little ones should perish."
Matthew 18: 14
In honor of "Catholic Schools Week" last week we continue the thread begun last installment with the second of two parts of our "state-of-the-system" report as to what's right and what's wrong with our Catholic Schools system. As we indicated last week, government weaseled into the picture offering grants and exemptions which were enticing to money-starved schoools and diocese in the seventies and eighties. But with the outpouring of federal funds came stipulations that the receiver must follow. Without truly analyzing the consequences and because of the money issue, many bishops signed on the dotted line. Sex education was introduced into the schools, questionable books regarding history and science that denigrated the Church and altered events according to the "political correctness" of the times filtered into the curriculums. At the high school level Latin, which had been a requirement at most Catholic schools with the annual incentive of the prestigious Auxilium Latinum awards, was phased out. In its place came more secular subjects, moving farther and farther away from a Catholic education as we once knew it. Oh, lip service was paid to Catholic services on Holy Days of Obligation or important liturgical functions in some schools, but for the most part it was a no-no to bring up anything "Catholic" for fear it would offend the many non-Catholics attending a presumably Catholic institution. Religion classes became a joke as the CCD curriculums from various sources infiltrated the system promoting more and more liberal agendas, emphasizing peace and justice from a human point of view, giving little play to the spiritual and even less to the traditions and teachings of Holy Mother Church. Little by little CCD classes in each parish became a mish-mosh of the same. Children attended who didn't want to be there.
As the years have passed it has become only too evident that the reforms in Catholic education enacted since Vatican II are not working. Ask any grade school child to tell you the Ten Commandments, recite the Our Father, Hail Mary, or list the Seven Sacraments and you're in for a big surprise. Most will go "duh!" in their best Bart Simpson imitation. They don't know what our faith is all about because it isn't important to them. That's a sad fact. It's also a sad fact that many parishes and parents have become partners in this crime. They don't emphasize the faith or the teachings, watering down everything and placing Catholicism on the back burner, so-to-speak. Programs such as Total Catholic Education have become a joke because the diocese, strapped for funds are relying heavily on government funding and grants, thus being dictated to what goes in the curriculum. Yet this program proposes to take education away from the parish level and spread it across the board including adult education. It may work in some incidences, but in the parish school our boys attended for two years in Dallas it wouldn't work because the parish school was so excellent and the pastor a strong advocate of a solid, traditional Catholic education. But this was the exception rather than the rule. No wonder so many concerned Catholic parents have turned to home schooling, enrolling in such stellar curriculums as Seton Home Study and Our Lady of the Rosary programs. They provide what the nuns used to provide: a solid, well-rounded Catholic education with the emphasis on "Catholic." As we described in our editorial last week during "Catholic Schools Week," the theme of "Catholic Schools Week" this year is "Restoring Faith in Education." If we're talking about the education standards in Catholic schools today, folks, we're in big trouble. The emphasis should be in "Restoring Faith in our Faith through Education."...in other words, "Put Faith back into Education. For only by re-emphasizing our Catholic Faith, by re-teaching our Faith to the generations - including many parents - can we truly restore faith in the Catholic education system. We can do this by disgarding the government programs and appealing to parishioners to help perpetuate the Faith by donating to the cause. We can do this by fostering vocations with an emphasis on sacrifice and commitment. To paraphrase a President, "Ask not what your Church can do for you, but ask what you can do for your Church." For by helping Holy Mother Church, Christ will greatly reward our efforts. That is the only way we can once again have total confidence in our Catholic education system. Without trusting in God and doing as He wants the education standards will drop to an all-time low. Gaging from the status of Catholic education today, it can't fall much lower, but it will unless we take the bull by the horns and say "enough" let's put Faith back in education. Then Faith will work for education and that education will sire Faith. It is a responsibility we cannot take lightly. It is a mission that we will be held accountable for. Afterall, as Catholics we have made a commitment to Christ to uphold His words in Matthew 18: 14, "Even so, it is not the will of your Father in Heaven that a single one of these little ones should perish."
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