New 7th grade Catholic catechism text: Three major modernist heresies in the first chapter, alone!

by Doug Lawrence

As many of you know, my buddy, AndyP/Doria2 passed away recently. Andy was a great Catholic catechist, totally dedicated to that great work. So, out of respect for Andy, and in an effort to keep everything in balance, I signed up to teach 7th grade CCD this year.

I got the text book and teacher’s guide last Wednesday, and finally had a chance to sit down and look at it. The book is very attractive, colorful, nicely organized, easy to read, and it’s supported by a full complement of CD’s, black line masters, a catechist guide, and a website.

That’s the good part. Now, for the bad …

The text includes many of the modernist heresies that have crept into the New American Bible, AmChurch, and virtually all Catholic schools, colleges and seminaries, since the close of the 2nd Vatican Council.

The text’s writers maintain … with no proof at all to back them … and contrary to the constant, official teachings of the Catholic Church:

That the inspired writers to whom the various books of the gospels are attributed, probably didn’t really write them. Hence …  contrary to the plain, written testimony of the evangelists, and of the Catholic Church itself … we have no real  “eyewitness accounts” of Jesus Christ. So everything we read in the Bible is either hearsay … or myth.

That all of the NT writings were produced very “late” … further bolstering their erroneous and unproven assertion that St. Matthew the Apostle most likely didn’t write the Gospel of Matthew, and St. John the Apostle probably didn’t write the Gospel of John, his Epistles (letters) or the Apocalypse (Book of Revelation), etc., etc.

That much of what we read in the Bible is actually in error … and that only stuff put in there specifically “for the purpose of our salvation” is totally reliable.

They also allude to the infamous and so far undiscovered “Q” source and to the nonexistent collection of “The Sayings of Jesus” … all of which is based solely on the very recent, liberal, modernist “theories” of various faithless skeptics … many of them not even Catholic.

The textbook writers claim that the documents of the 2nd Vatican Council provide their authority for all of this “BS” (100% Pure Bovine Excrement) but they don’t. Not by a long shot!

These guys actually learned this stuff in school … from other heretical modernists … quite probably their own teachers … who think they’re smarter than everyone who came before .. so they know better what to believe … better even than the authentic Tradition of the Holy Catholic Church … and of course … better than the God-inspired writers of the Holy Bible.

No wonder the world is suffering from a crisis of faith! This totally heretical stuff has been allowed to “fester” inside the Catholic Church  … unabated and essentially unchallenged … for over fifty years. And it’s been corroding the faith of various Protestant sects … from whence it originally came … for much, much longer!

All of which just goes to prove: Heretics are pretty much the same, from age to age. Only now, the misguided liberals who run the post-Vatican II Catholic Church have seen fit to include this nasty stuff in children’s catechism texts … instead of  going through the trouble of correcting their errors … or bringing the “faith-corroding bastards” up on charges … or better yet … burning them at the stake!

This was only chapter ONE! More to come…

Pope Leo XIII On the Study of Holy Scripture 

Teaching adolescents to understand and observe the 6th commandment (regarding, chastity, pornography, fornication, etc.)

by Ed Smetana, a Catholic Catechist, for over 15 years

Having taught CCD for for 15 years, I found that the best way to teach the fundamentals of understanding and observing the 6th Commandment is to let the Catechism of the Catholic Church do it for you.

Just hand the students copies of the Catechism, paragraphs #2346 to #2386. Have them read it to themselves. Then, collect the copies. No verbal explanation is typically necessary. If a student has a question, direct him/her to ask their priest. I never had any questions. Neither has father, as far as I know.

The Catechism does a concise job of outlining various sexual terms that today’s young people will probably never otherwise have explained to them, except perhaps in the locker room, from their friends, or on-line (from stranger-danger).

Reading this material is necessary to help counteract the rampant perversion of sex education in the school’s health classes and textbooks, where masturbation, along with many other types of illicit sexual behavior, is often referred to as “normal” and/or “healthy”.

What led me to see the need for this type of Catechetical guidance, generally beginning with 7th graders, was when I was informed that, in the “truth or dare” games that today’s young people ‘play’, every time you lose, you are required to do something that is sexually sinful.

When a girl observed that doing such a thing was wrong, she was told, “If it’s wrong, the teachers would not have encouraged it, and the pastors and CCD teachers would have said it was a sin. Therefore, how could it be a sin?”

Catechists should help young people form their consciences by reading appropriate portions of the Catechism with them, in class. How else are they to know? Not from their parents, because they were never taught or encouraged to read the Catechism.

I believe that on ‘Judgment Day’ good catechism teachers will be recognized, along with the rest of the sheep, and thanked by their students and their parents.

Link to the relevant section of the Catechism

Editor’s note: “CCD” means “Confraternity of Christian Doctrine” which is the name of the association that used to be responsible for providing religious education in the Catholic Church. Like many other useful things of old, the association is basically out of business, and the term “CCD” is no longer in widespread use.

A true Catholic story: I was robbed (of my Catholic faith.)

I am a “Generation X” Catholic, raised and catechized in the tumultuous aftermath of Vatican II. I was a victim of “renewal” and experimentation gone awry, and so were my peers. With great regret and without exaggeration, I contend that the results have been catastrophic for my generation. It is my firm belief that the overwhelming majority of young Catholics don’t have even an elemental understanding of their Faith. As a direct result of that ignorance, young Catholics are leaving the Church in a steady stream (or, dare I say, tidal wave?).

It’s not entirely accurate to say that I left the Catholic Church (though I considered it), but it’s clear to me now that for most of my young adulthood, I was not in the Catholic Church. Let me give you an overview of my upbringing, which will sound familiar to countless young Catholics. I was born in the late 1960s into a believing and practicing Catholic family, and my sister and I were taught by our parents to love our Faith. Barring illness, we attended Sunday Mass and holy days of obligation without exception. We attended public schools, but we were enrolled in weekly CCD classes at our parish every year.

By the time I began religious education, memorizing the Baltimore Catechism was out, and feeling the “experience of Christ” was in. My parish priest, I believe, could not have known how the new, more “enlightened” philosophy of catechism would affect the moral development of those in his charge; at the time, he was simply caught up in the so-called “spirit of Vatican II,” and was being obedient to what were considered Vatican II “mandates.” Meanwhile, my parents, like the other parents, trusted that religious education classes would teach us the Faith. Sadly, that never happened.

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