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The poor catechesis of my generation.

Todd, of Catholic Sensibility fame seems to think that the poor catechesis of my generation was the fault of parents like my mom, my in-laws, my grandparents. I always love it when folks look to the past with their 21st century eyes and blame our ancestors for things that had no knowledge or control of.

Todd opines in my comment box below:

Yes. Stop blaming the wrong people. Your parents were responsible for your faith life until you came of age, as were mine (though they weren't Catholic). When I found a deficiency that bothered me, I corrected it. Complaining about fuzzy catechesis is no excuse, imo.

Well, honestly Todd likes to set up and swing at his own strawmen a lot too.

The point is my folks and grandparents didn't have the Catechism of the Catholic Church (which didn't come out until 1993), they didn't have the internet, they didn't have a lot of access Catholic radio, t.v. and periodicals. Oh sure, there were some books and magazines, and Bishop Sheen was on, but to expect the parents then to have the same resources we do is just dumb.

That said, I think many parents of my mom's generation were very pious and devout Catholics. They knew their devotions and they were a Godly people. In my opinion, they were very brave, courageous and hard working in getting Catholic Schools up and running in their parishes. To say they were to blame for the poor catechesis again shows in my opinion a very superficial view of the time. SO I'll say it again, these folks worked hard to get their schools started, they worked hard to keep them open and in return they expected their children to receive at least the same level of catechesis that they had received. What they got instead, in the 60s and 70s was crap. crap, crap,crap,crap, crap, crap crap!!!!

I remember making the stupid burlap banners in religion class, we learned the butterfly cocoon analogy until it just about made me puke, AND I remember the best high school class I ever had in high school was the one that had me read The Last Temptation of Christ... Because at least there was something interesting to read!!

We did not study the lives of the saints, we did not study the sacraments in any depth, we did not have any church history, we did not even have basic apologetics etc. etc. etc.

And that in my opinion is the fault of the bishops of the time who let this watering down of the faith happen on their watch, in their diocese! You don't blame the sheep for letting the wolf slip in while the shepherd is asleep at his watch!

Todd opines further:
"What happened with their hard work and with their tuitions dollars was a crime and regardless of how you try to spin it, it was just plain wrong!"

I'm not trying to spin it. I agree. But there's nothing you or they can do about it now.

That's bull. I do something about it everyday. I frankly don't trust my local Catholic School to do a good job... so I homeschool and on top of that my husband and I are catechests. I'll be damned if I don't at least try to stop this wishy washy catechesis.

I didn't say you did, but I do think your statement "touched on" what people of our parent's generation thought.

Todd you are the king of strawman slayer.

"... and sometimes its better to hang on to that hunger and thirst for righteousness ..."

It's one thing to desire something better than what exists and to be dissatisfied with the present. It's another thing to live out one's anger.

Hey babe, my righteous anger has focus and purpose. It's constructive and it focuses on catechesis. It's cool.

I'll make a pact with you, my friend. I will give up my greeting of peace if you give up blogging about John Kerry. Deal?

chuckle... in 12 more days won't be a problem at all Todd.

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