Saturday, January 19, 2008

'Will Your Grandchildren Be Catholic?'

Briefing: a long article in the current Catholic Herald notes the launch of a booklet by Daphne MacLeod, former headteacher and chairman of Pro Ecclesiae et Pontifice, on the corruption of Catholic catechesis in Catholic schools.

The booklet doesn't seem to be available online but you can contact PEEP about it here and read a version of it here.

From the Catholic Herald (in part): ...teachers are forced to use poor textbooks that are approved by the diocese because if they do not they are branded "troublemakers" or even sacked. Diocesan advisers write the textbooks and are also responsible for inspecting schools so they can fail them if the approved textbooks are not used, Mrs MacLeod argued. She said these failed to teach the faith and accused the bishops of England and Wales of "completely abdicating their responsibilities in this area."
"It is no exaggeration to say modern catechetics is destroying the Catholic Church in this country", she said. ...
"The Catechism was dead on arrival in this country as it was in many others... The ceaseless flow of expensive RE schemes either ignored it completely or paid mere lip-service to it," she said.

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Pope Leo XIII's Prayer to St Michael

Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust down to Hell Satan, and all wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen