Friday, October 31, 2014
FOUR SIMPLE SUGGESTIONS FOR CURING AMBIVALENCE OF SO MANY CATHOLICS ABOUT SO MUCH OF CATHOLICISM!
One way to address the widespread confusion about the nature of marriage would be to properly catechize children and teenagers about the faith, the cardinal continued, beginning in Catholic schools.
But in my most humble opinion the problem is much deeper than just light catechesis. It is a problem of faith or the loss of Catholic Faith to be exact.
What has contributed to this for the last 50 years? Change, change, change. The Church prior to Vatican II with all its warts was at least a rock and one knew exactly what the Church taught and there was little or no room for dissent.
After Vatican II even more warts came to be but now the Church wasn't a rock or any kind but a marshmallow! No one knew or knows what to believe any more and this has led to the ambivalence with have today and the fact that Catholics are more influenced by the secular culture and its ideologies than the Rock of Salvation, Jesus Christ and His Church!
Before we start with catechesis as important as it is, may I suggest a hierarchy of things that need to be addressed?
1. The Reform of the Mass to make it more like the EF Mass and more standard worldwide. Kneeling for Holy Communion and receiving on the tongue. This will emphasize the superiority of God to the individual and that God is to be adored!
2. Emphasize the four last things, death, judgment, heaven and hell! That should be the number one thing taught and everything falls thereafter!
3. Make sure that all Catholic schools elementary through graduate school use proper catechetical materials, proper worship and teach reverence for God almighty and fear of displeasing God.
4. Continue what Pope Francis is emphasizing, popular devotions and the very real power of the very real Satan!