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Morning Catholic must-reads: 10/08/12

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

By on Friday, 10 August 2012

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin (PA Photo)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin (PA Photo)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has said the Church must focus on adult religious education following a survey this week showing a steep decline in religious belief in Ireland.

A senior Indian Church official has backed calls for a new law that would charge participants in sex-selective abortions with murder.

The American Franciscan Action Network has accused Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney of “demeaning” the poor.

The Crystal Cathedral in California could become “the most significant Catholic cultural centre in the world outside of the Vatican“, a charity spokesman has said.

A growing number of Irish priests are reportedly using iPads during Mass.

Lord Guthrie, a former SAS commander and Catholic convert tells Edward Pentin that the Allied bombing of Dresden was morally wrong.

Alberto Carosa argues that accusations that Pope Benedict is neglecting the plight of Cuban dissidents “are without foundation”.

David Gibson suggests that traditional female religious orders in America “are not doing that much better than the liberal communities” in terms of vocations.

Ross Douthat ponders what the assembly of the American Leadership Conference on Women Religious (LCWR) means for the future of Christianity.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York reveals that during his recent ad limina visit the Pope and curial officials “offered some chiding”.

And the Russian supreme court has overturned an appeal from a man who is seeking to force the judiciary to recognise his ownership of the Vatican.

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Morning Catholic must-reads will return on Monday, August 27

  • Nat_ons

    Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has said the Church must focus on adult religious education following a survey this week showing a steep decline in religious belief in Ireland.’

    This is one of all too many ‘I told you so’ events that plague the church catholic, and not in Ireland alone. Only the briefest, and that most cursory and unorthodox, catechesis was encouraged (indeed permitted) for decades in many ‘Catholic’ diocese, schools and homes. The most glaring absence in preparing those who were then to go out and prepare children – and the adults into which they would grow – was the very notion of actually teaching of The Faith. 

    Clearing the ground: religious education in Catholic primary schoolsA brief history of religious education in the Irish primary schoolA vision of catholic educationChristian religious education: purpose and processUnderstanding the child: potential and promiseEducating for Catholic identity: contemporary challengesTeaching in a religiously diverse contextGender and religious education in the primary classroom

    All too often any questioning of the ‘professional’ teachers of ‘religion’ in ‘Catholic’ schools would lead to the most appalling answers. To ‘And what about teaching the Faith, Sister?’ would receive a jolly ‘Oh! don’t you worry about that, those old days of indoctrination are long gone. No, no! Religious Education now “fosters the development of students. The realisation of the human spirit – spirituality – is an integral part of this process .. etc”‘ Sadly this inane gibberish really was – and still is – taken seriously, not least as the best (or only) way to teach religion; whether it does teach ‘religion’ or ‘spirituality’ is doubtful enough, what it cannot do is witness to the saving faith in Jesus Christ; political interference, of course, has something to do with the shift from faith in Christ to the spirit of religion to be taught in schools (in state schools usually by people who reject Christ, Church, and religion); but what awaits His Grace Archbishop Martin are multi-generational-layers of vague ‘spirituality’ covered with visionary ‘transcendentalism’ and dusted very lightly with some neo-Christian customs as ‘ways of knowing and being’ .. so if he truly desires to advance adult catechesis beside that of infants (as he and all his colleagues must) he must first send his teachers of ‘religion’ back to school to re-learn (or learn for the first time) ‘the Faith’ he seems to want them to witness (rather than the wholesale devastation wrought by ‘the conscious self’ modernism of state-taught politically corrected religion, and that with the approval of almost all the episcopate).

    ‘Spirituality describes the way in which we pursue truth and goodness by relating to the reality of ourselves, other people, the universe and some source of value beyond and bigger than ourselves (for example, God). This source of ultimate value is often referred to as ‘the Transcendent’. Spiritual development involves the ability to go beyond the conscious self in a movement towards other people, towards the world and towards this transcendent source. Religions enhance spiritual development by directing people’s attention to an ultimate source of transcendence for their lives and by inviting them to explore different ways of knowing and being. Religions offer a particular vision of human life and of the goals of human development. They aim to bring human beings to the fullness of humanity by opening them up to the transcendent.’ John M. Hull, ‘Spirituality, Religion, Faith: Mapping the Territory’, p. 6.

  • Castle Elephant

    Abp Martin must be touched with the gift of genius. Either that or he has mastered the art of stating the obvious.

  • buckingham88

    David Gibson ‘suggests’…
    One of the reasons for the rapid proportional growth of ‘traditional’ nuns in the US is their ability to attract overseas postulants and recruit and expand overseas.