Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Parents are divinely appointed teachers

Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan in the "Herald of Hope" column in the Milwaukee Catholic Herald, September 18, 2008.
a child who hears at school or CCD class that weekly worship at Sunday Mass is a necessary part of Catholic life, but whose parents prefer sleeping-in, Starbucks, and the New York Times on Sunday morning, is confused, to say the least.

Of course, if the family does show up at Mass, the child might be able to point out that the parish liturgy doesn't conform to the description in the textbook.


  1. Aquinas11:51 AM

    Doesn't matter. As long as it's "vibrant" and "up-beat." At least, that's what I'm pretty sure the "liturgist" and the priests heard at the workshop.

  2. From what I hear and see at my parish, I assume the workshop covers:
    1) how to dismiss evangelical services as mere entertainment; and
    2) how to turn the Communion hymn into a production number.

  3. aquinas6:51 PM

    So, they're having their cake and eating it, too? How's that work?

    And, what, exactly, is an "evangelical service"? Is it different from a Mass?

  4. Anonymous11:04 PM

    How about parishioners who hear a great and orthodox homily from the Archbishop ........only to be given a priest, appointed by the same Archbishop, who denies many of the major teachings of the Church and refuses to be obedient to the legitimate authority of the Church.......now THAT is really confusing.

  5. Aquinas, by "evangelical service" I mean the worship service at what gets referred to as an evangelical church, usually meaning one of the newer and larger such congregations that have developed in recent decades. So what I hear and see might be more an attempt to denounce cake as empty calories while serving cupcakes.

    Anonymous, perhaps this confusion leads people to think that Somethingbrook Church might not have the fullness of faith, but attending there they might net a higher percentage.