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April 28, 2006

Yes - I agree with the last post!

No disagreement here.  If I had to teach people about the Eucharist, it would not even enter my mind to willingly use that handout to do it, because I think it would be confusing [word-of-the-day scream] to many people.  It addresses issues that (as far as I can tell) may have been pressing on people when my father was my age, and it does it in a way that really sets my teeth on edge.

I am sure it was meant to be read in a way that does no harm and only service to the Faith, but it seems to me like (in the video game analogy three posts ago) a push in the direction that the tree is already leaning.

To go off on a bit of a tangent, it reminded me of the tone of a number of the books we had in CCD when I was a kid - "You don't know what it was like back then.  It was horrible!  But now things have changed, and they're much better."  Ok, they didn't actually use the word "horrible."  But they hardly acknowledged anything that happened between Apostolic times and the Council, except to point out how much better things were now.  At first this didn't seem strange to me because this is basically the same approach our history textbooks in public school took to that vague blank spot between ancient Rome and the Renaissance, but then I started noticing.  And I couldn't help wondering - why all the pent-up anger towards the better part of the history of the Church?  Didn't they have anything good to say about it?  When I saw all the beautiful sacred art and music and spiritual writing and great saints that came out of those periods, and the paucity of the same in the present, I decided that the writers of those books must have some issues.  The result of their efforts was a too-conservative phase.  Fortunately, however, I encountered the writing of Pope John Paul and the documents of the Second Vatican Council and read them in time to prevent me from developing prejudices against them.

This is a totally different experience of the Church and of the Faith than people who grew up in the 60s had.  So of course I'm going to be different from them.  So maybe I'll talk about that in future posts.  The principle of these will be, as St. Augustine famously said, "in necessary things, unity; in optional things, liberty; in all things, charity."

Posted by Thomas A. on April 28, 2006 at 11:08 PM | Permalink

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