It often seems that, these days, the odds are never in our favor.
I take time out from my furious conference preparation (on art coming up in Detroit) to present something that only confirms the great fruits of Vatican II and the magnificent benefits we have gained from decades of liberal Left domination of Catholic education, the breakdown of clear preaching, the erosion of the family, timidclerical oversight, shabby liturgical worship unworthy of the name….
First on display, this (biretta tip Pewsitter) comes from WND:
POLL: ‘HUNGER GAMES,’ ‘HARRY POTTER’ ARE BIBLICAL
Stunning results also reveal 1 in 3 don’t know Nativity is in Scripture
A new poll conducted by the Bible Society reveals that more than half of the adults who responded believe “The Hunger Games” are biblical and one in three say “Harry Potter” could be a storyline from the sacred text.
“While these statistics may appear surprising at first glance, they are symptomatic of the fact that many children indicate they have never read, seen or even heard these stories,” the poll of respondents from the United Kingdom explained.
Of the parents questioned, 46 percent did not recognize that the account of Noah’s Ark comes from the Bible, according to the results of the January survey of 800 children ages eight to 15 and 1,000 parents.
The survey was taken in preparation for the launch of the organization’s “Pass It On” campaign which is intended to raise the level of knowledge about the Bible.
How about your kids? How about your kids at home and in Catholic schools?
Do they know more about Harry Potter’s family and story than their own forebears in the history of salvation, their own Christian family presented in the pages of Scripture and in the lives of the saints?
Next up, this is from the Cardinal Newman Society (which has a great RRS feed on the right side-bar of this blog!):
Students Tout 15 Years of ‘V-Monologues’ as Play Continues on Several Catholic Campuses
At least 10 Catholic colleges and universities will be hosting productions of The Vagina Monologues or have officially recognized student groups that are performing the play in 2014, The Cardinal Newman Society has learned. Many of the institutions with connections to the play in 2014 have reportedly hosted the play in past years, and students from at least one institution are advertising 15 years of performances.
The Monologues seriously distorts human sexuality and celebrates sinful behaviors, including lesbian activity and masturbation. One scene even declares a lesbian rape of a teenage girl her “salvation” which raised her into “a kind of heaven.” The play’s production on Catholic campuses has been criticized by several bishops.
While critics of the play have acknowledged that it is often used as a fundraiser to support women’s shelters or AIDS research, they have cited the inappropriateness of using the play as a fundraising vehicle, especially at Catholic universities.
The Newman Society has closely monitored showings of the play on Catholic campuses for several years. In 2003, the number of campuses with performances of the play reached a high of 32.
The Society has discovered that at least 10 Catholic institutions are hosting or have recognized student groups performing the Monologues in 2014.
The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., [...] Georgetown University Women’s Center in Washington, D.C., [...] DePaul University in Chicago, Ill., [...] Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky., [... ] Saint Louis University (Mo.) [...] Fordham University (N.Y.) [...]Loyola University New Orleans (La.) [...] Loyola University Chicago (Ill.) [...] Saint Mary’s College of California [...] Seattle University (Wash.) [...] Santa Clara University’s [...]
A few Jesuit schools there, no?
One theology course offered at Santa Clara during the Winter semester titled “The Christian Tradition” even required students to read Boston College professor Cathleen Kaveny’s defense entitled “Be Not Afraid: The ‘Vagina Monologues’ on Catholic Campuses.”
Go there and see the actual descriptions of the productions at the schools listed above.
We have so much to be proud of, thanks to a couple generations of bishops and priests and Catholic educators.
‘Faithful dissent’? Catholic school board sponsors lecture on how to oppose Church moral teachings
KITCHENER, Ontario, February 11, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – An Ontario Catholic school board sponsored a lecture last week [damage is done] focused on how Catholic schools can “value … faithful dissent” as a way of opposing Catholic teaching on “ordination, homosexuality, and contraception.” [Because we need more dissent? Right?]
The Waterloo Catholic District School Board sponsored Graham McDonough, PhD, to speak at St. Jerome’s University (SJU) Friday night as part of the University’s lecture series on “Catholic Experience.”
“Catholic schools often find themselves dealing with disagreements with Church teaching [and rather than teach they cave...] on topics such as ordination, homosexuality, and contraception as well as with complaints that schools are not properly teaching doctrine,” reads a description of the lecture, titled “Faithful Disagreement: an opportunity for rediscovery in Catholic education.”
“This lecture proposes that Catholic schools can do more to include and nurture internal disagreement as a powerful opportunity to embrace intellectual diversity, learn the value of faithful dissent and enable greater participation in the Church and the world.” [Total B as in B, S as in S.]
McDonough, an assistant professor of education and an associate fellow at the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at the University of Victoria, released a book in 2012 titled Beyond Obedience and Abandonment: Toward a Theory of Dissent in Catholic Education.
McDonough draws heavily on dissident theologians Profs. Thomas Groome and Gregory Baum. Both are laicized priests, and Baum is called by some Canada’s leading dissenter since the 1960s.
What could possibly go wrong?
This is being peddled with the implicit approval of the pastors whose God-entrusted responsibility it is to guard the flock precisely from this sort of dreck.
Friends… what we have here is:
Reason #20 for Summorum Pontificum.
Thank you, Benedict XVI. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.