A few months back the final Jeopardy answer was: "The Christian Feast (actually solemnity) celebrated 40 days after Easter?
NO ONE KNEW THE QUESTION WHICH OF COURSE IS, "WHAT IS THE ASCENSION?"
On Friday the answer was: "Another word for the Catholic Funeral Mass which means 'rest' in Latin."
NO ONE KNEW THE QUESTION WHICH OF COURSE IS, "WHAT IS REQUIEM?"
But if the answers are about celebrities or television and the movies, they know the questions!
WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO AMERIKA?
That'd require students to actually be taught things in class instead of being indoctrinated. In all of my physics and calculus classes we have word derivations.
Of course half the country has moved the Ascension to the next Sunday, so perhaps the 40 day thing threw them off?
Ideology, right or left, has replaced religion. The Judeo-Christian narrative, the Bible (Old and New testament) even in Catholic circles, especially in certain Catholic religious orders, is no longer about the relationship of God and creation but about power sharing: power shifting from the Father God to a committee or female religious superiors.
The salvation of souls which used to be the goal of religion has been discarded in favor of social justice party work. For example, one does not go to heaven but crosses a border illegally into a Western Europe country or North America (US or Canada), perhaps Australia. Hell is in Africa, Asia or Latin America.
Everything has been washed away by liquid modernity, the Deluge of our time. The cultures based on various religions, especially Western Civilization, are debris are sinking to the very bottom of the Ocean of Modernity. The culture of death is real. Tradition which provided certainties, coherence, sanity, kept society's in equilibrium has been cast aside. In its place we have nuanced feelings, uncertainties. The resulting existential agonies we treat with drugs: alcohol, cocaine, fentanyl, the BigMac and so on. The young are introduced to marijuana the substance of their first communion. Sex education has replaced religious instructions. Evidence of cooptation of our religious leadership by Modernity is everywhere: in Councils, newspapers, books, blogs, and more of our Catholic schools than you think.
If you think this is too gloomy, well, it has been raining here in buckets for several days now.
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