Thursday, September 30, 2010

Dumbing down Catholicism

This is wonderful:



While the whole thing is worth watching, if you are pressed for time, go to the 3:40 second mark and watch from there to the end.

Fr. Barron is right. We have to stop dumbing down Catholicism. Unfortunately, I think the real reason most expensive Catholic schools do this is because they are really "private schools in the Catholic tradition," and thus they don't want to offend their non-Catholic students from wealthy families by presenting them with books that dare to make the audacious claim that Jesus Christ intended to found a Church to be the ordinary means of salvation for all of sinful humanity, and that Church is the Catholic Church.

6 comments:

kkollwitz said...

"Dumbed-down Catholicism"...an oxymoron if there ever was one.

God wants us to love him with our hearts, bodies, and brains.

scotch meg said...

Thank you so much! I am encouraged as I face my daughter's senior year. She is begging for a challenge, and maybe now I'll have the courage to give her one.

Siarlys Jenkins said...

There is a rich intellectual tradition in the Catholic Church. That is probably the church's best resource in making sense of itself to a cynical world. Don't rely too heavily on pushing the claim that the Catholic Church is THE church founded by Jesus Christ. I know you believe it. You have every right to believe it. But it really has to be taken on faith, and that kind of audacity doesn't win many converts. Encourage people to read the great books... that might produce a few more John Thayer Jensens. I'll stick with Mere Christianity.

Anonymous said...

good choice of books.

Kaisar said...

Fr. Barron is wonderful as always. I wish we had more priests like him everywhere.

K.

David said...

Amen, Father! May every Catholic in the land hear your call to action.