14 January 2011

"The best thing about being Catholic is that you can kind of pick and choose which bits you'd like to believe, as long as you, kind of, worship God."

That quote was taken from an interview of several British Catholic school children in advance of Pope Benedict's visit to the UK last year. Apparently, these children participated in the youth formation offered at St. Cronan parish, or something like it. Keep this item in the back of your mind when the subject of revitalizing Catholic schools comes up. Make sure to listen to the end:

9 comments:

doughboy said...

scary stuff. you should re-post this on halloween.

Left-footer said...

Perhaps they get it from their Bishops.

StGuyFawkes said...

On the other hand one might look at it like this: Evangelization isn't an event that took place, once and for all, in the past perfect tense; rather it is an event that must begin anew in every present generation.

Chesterton called the Church the "Permanent Revolution". He said the effect of the Church on a culture is like a post painted white which must be re-painted again, and again, and again. England was once Catholic. And now we find she has missed a few re-paintings! It's our job not to bemoan the laxity, and secularism, and barbarism of our world; it's our job to make our world Catholic again.

Anonymous said...

The worst part is the priest at the end of the piece, the "Director of Youth Services" for the diocese, who confirms the youth in their ignorance. Commenting on whether they can call themselves "good Catholics" when they believe in abortion, contraception, homosexuality, he saya, "it depends on what your measure of 'good' is when you say 'good Catholic.' ... I don't have one. I try not to make value judgments about people's Catholicism."

Peggy said...

I hope the Anglican convert bishops know what they're getting into; and I pray that they are able to have an impact on improving the catechesis of Catholics in Britain.

Gertrude said...

Our CES in England leaves a great deal to be desired and is a great concern for orthodox Catholic families. Sadly, our Bishops seem unable to either see its faults, or, if they do, choose to ignore them in pursuit of their own Agenda's. (i.e. Soho Masses). In my case I catechised my own granddaughter from the penny Catechism and thanks be to God she is knowledgeable on our faith, and has a good understanding. Some of our Bishop's are coming up to retirement soon - please pray for this country, - Mary's Dowry - that we get the Shepherds we so desperately need.

Mike said...

I don't think it's necessarily wise to judge these young Catholics. At least they have faith! In my country, even the amount of faith demonstrated by these youngsters hardly exists. In my view, I believe it's an issue of catechesis, but pointing fingers at whoever is responsible for the problems of misguided or uneducated Catholics is not necessarily the most Christian thing to do and doesn't solve any problems.

edward said...

They have "faith", Mike? But for the labelling, heir responses could have been identical had they been liberal Jews, or Deists. Those with children, who PAY for the upkeep of these schools, have every right to "point fingers" and demand answers. There have been heresiarchs condemned at Church councils who held more of the Catholic Faith than the products of contemporary Catholic schooling in Britain.

Left-footer said...

edward - Hear! Hear!