Monday, October 13, 2008

The kids are not alright

According to an article in the Catholic News Agency a national poll was taken by an outfit called Public Religion Research and 60 percent of young 18-30 Catholics responded that abortion should be legal in all or most cases, adn 44 percent same-sex marriage. The next time you drop your kid off at CCD you really should cancel your morning plans and sit in on the class. I'll bet you that what the DRE is cooking up in your kid's mind is not what's in the catechism.

Now, granted this poll could be skewed. We don't know what Public Religion Research's agenda is. The pollsters could've really spoken to young Catholics in California or New York. You can lie with statistics but I suspect the poll results are close to accurate.

Don't be complacent about your child's religious education and don't be a hypocrite. You can not tell your son about the wrongness of contraception when his mother's pills are in the medicine cabinet. You can't tell your daughter about abortion when she's heard you tacitly approve of the abortion of a neighbor's wild messed kid.


Robert said...

Not only are they not getting the catechism at CCD but, in most cases, they won't hear it during Mass either. I'm amazed at the general lack of "teaching" coming from homilies on Sunday.Our parish priest has often stated that his philosophy regarding homilies is "be brief, be brilliant and be gone". He's rarely brilliant and in this case the cliche "2 out of 3 ain't bad" doesn't make it.
We're not going to hear much on abortion or same sex marriage or anything else controversial because it might interfere with his wanting to have Mass end on time.

Charlotte said...

My son will NOT be attending CCD classes when he's old enough to. I decided that long ago. And interestingly enough, a large parish in our town just got into a big battle with some homeschoolers (a battle of which the Archbishop ended up deciding) about whether the parish could force homeschooled kids to go to CCD classes in order to receive the sacraments. The homeschoolers won, but let me tell you, there were angry people on both sides. And what got me was the demeaning tone of the religious ed. teachers. They truly believed THEY had the right to educate these children, and not the parents. What part of the catechism did they not understand? Oops...that's right...CCD now has little to do with the catechism.

Mike said...

The internet has done a great job of spreading truth, and exposing it's contradiction to traditional dogma. My hope for the future is bright.

I can almost hear Carol's band playing in the background, and it makes me smile.

"I'm so glad we've had this time together, just to sacrifice or judge someone. Seems we've been at this for more that two millennia, but now's the time for us to say, so long" Goodnight religion. Pleasant dreams.

Prima said...

Mike, with all due respect, do you really believe that the internet is spreading the truth? I'm not standing up for religious education by a long shot, but I've never seen such a bunch of half-truths, not to mention personal agendas and purely personal takes on the faith as I've seen on the internet. If that's what you're using in place of CCD, I don't think it's an improvement.

Joe of St. Thérèse said...

This year I get no slack for making them memorize Doctrine...horray for new parish.

Mike said...

Prima said...
do you really believe that the internet is spreading the truth?

You make a good point. There is much BS on the internet. What seems to be helping progress is the availability of scientific truth, and the depth to which one can research, with very little effort.

Just as Gutenberg's press made it possible for the spread of religion, it also took power from the hands of authority, and put it into the hads of individuals.

Jackie Parkes said...

We just had Sr Roseann Reddy of the Sisters of the Gospel of Life visit...wonderful..

Smiley said...

Correct me if i am wrong here. but i thought that the parents were supposed to be the main teachers of the faith to children follwoed by the God parents. When did this get abandoned?
I have seen teh CCD for kids here in Canada i am sorry they do not learn any Catholic thruth what so ever.
I have seen first communion kids who cant keep still and sit quitely for their first communion mass, i highly doubt that they realize that this is really Jesus body blood soul and divinity.
It scary.