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Wednesday, 11 July 2012

The Laity and Sippy Cups #2

I have written before on the laity, especially here on this link, and I am distressed at the increasing anti-intellectualism which I am seeing in Catholic adults.

We have the CCC and the Compendium, the encyclicals, bible studies, faith formation material and of course, the Bible. There are no excuses for ignorance.

I am an unusual Catholic of my generation as I grew up reading the Bible in my family, but so did my parents and even my Luxembourgian and Czech ancestors. We, perhaps, were different in our love of the Scriptures and our lack of fear. I, for one, and I am 63, never, never was denied access to the Bible in elementary Catholic school and I never heard a priest say we should not or could not read the Bible.

But, I am convinced that the proliferation of information on private revelations has to do with a lack of real catechesis. We in the West have the highest levels of literacy. Again, the information available to the average Catholic abounds on the Internet. If one has time to follow daily the private revelations, one has time to follow the daily readings, read Scripture, read the CCC.

No excuses. And, as I remind many people in a week, we are responsible for our own souls. STOP the blame game. My several Irish friends, young and old, insist on blaming the priests and the culture.

Get over it! Here is some tidbit from the homily given at the Mass of the beatification of Cardinal Newman on September 19th, 2010:

...what better goal could teachers of religion set themselves than Blessed John Henry’s famous appeal for an intelligent, well-instructed laity: “I want a laity, not arrogant, not rash in speech, not disputatious, but men who know their religion, who enter into it, who know just where they stand, who know what they hold and what they do not, who know their creed so well that they can give an account of it, who know so much of history that they can defend it” (The Present Position of Catholics in England, ix, 390)

The Pope gets it, and St. Paul gets it.

Milk then meat, says St. Paul in l Corinthians 3:2. Not poison....I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able,3for you are still fleshly. For since there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshly, and are you not walking like mere men? 4For when one says, “I am of Paul,” and another, “I am of Apollos,” are you not mere men?


Anonymous said...

Excellent post, Supertradmum!

Being a convert from secularism by way of Methodism - I was *really* hungry.

I was astounded by the lack of proper catechesis of the average layman.

I mean, I cut my teeth on Karl Keathing's "Catholicism and Fundamentalism" and several other excellent apologetics oriented books and magazines.

My *first* copy of the Catechism is falling apart and had to duct-tape it together.

The Compendium is excellent!

Yet, neither is rarely, if ever, mentioned by priests and deacons during their sermons.

Also, I agree with your assessment on private revelations. I know of one DRE in our diocese who has stated publicly she would rather read the private "revelations" from a condemned site in Ohio rather than read the Catechism.

Lord have mercy.

Catechist Kevin

Supertradmum said...

Hope you clicked on the colored word for the link to the earlier article. Why is all this happening? Satan...Welcome to our Church and we are so glad to have you.

Supertradmum said...

Anonymous again, look at the list of articles on the side on private revelations...

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Supertradmum.

I have read, extensively, on these kinds of issues.

As Donna Steichen so aptly put it in the introduction to her book "Chosen" (which you can find my story within its pages), - many Catholics went the way of private revelations after the tumultuous upheaval during the post Vatican II era.

Otherwise sound Catholics, in an effort to fill the dearth of proper catechesis, started filling their minds with so-called private revelations (many Catholics, not all, of course).

The enemy seeks to confuse the faithful - as you so well know (and have put it so well in your posts).

As you say, we have been given the resources (literally at our fingertips), and they are ignored!

Part of the problem, if I may disagree with you slightly, is the fact that many bishops, priests and deacons say that those sources (like the Catechism and its Compendium) are only for bishops, priests and deacons (or theologians and scholars).

This past Fall I heard a priest tell a group of RCIA candidates the the Catechism is rather "lofty."

This is not the case!

I tell folks at the faith studies I lead that I barely have a high school education.

If I can read these sources with my Jethro Bodean 8th grade education (and have some semblence of understanding it) *anybody* can! LOL

God love you,
Catechist Kevin

Supertradmum said...

Catechist Kevin, I have not heard a priest or bishop discourage use of the CCC and if they have, they are going against the desires of the Vatican. I am really surprised, but should not be. I shall look up the book you mentioned. Thanks for your excellent input. I just read a review of the book. Interesting.


Anonymous said...

Oh yes, SuperT.

In many-many cases have clerics discouraged the use of the Catechism.

The former vocations director of our diocese refused to have the Catechism taught to the high school CCD students at his parish.

Lord have mercy.


According to the USCCB - all catechetical textbooks approved for use by the conference have to be in conformity with the CCC.

So, discouraging using the Catechism has been on the way out for about a decade now.

Brick by brick as Fr. Z says, dear. :)

Catechist Kevin

Supertradmum said...

Well, it has to change...

Hope you like the picture I put up for you on the post following.

JonathanCatholic said...

Lovely post!

It's rather funny, really, that some people (Clergy and Laity) think the CCC is "lofty" and refuse to read it because they think it's only for theologians and Clergy. I've read through much of the Catechism, and I've always felt that it's actually a beginners introduction to the Roman Rite of the Catholic Faith. It's excellent as a fairly simple basic instruction on general Catholicism of all Rites, but if you expand to the Baltimore Catechism no. 4, the Catechism of Pope St. Pius X, or the Catechism of Trent, or even (gasp!) the Summa Theologica, that's when you actually begin to challenge yourself with the deeper aspects of the Roman Catholic Faith.

New Sister said...

Hey, my CCC needs duct tape, too. (really bad binding - plus I abuse it, tossing it into the car) I don't replace my big green copy because it's sentimental, being the one from my RCIA 8+ years ago. Plus it has these tabs in it, which I recommend issuing in religious ed classes w/ the CCC.