So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Charlotte Catholic High School: lost cause?

What happens after when generation of shoddy religious education comes to fruition? Parishes and schools in open revolt, that's what.

You may have heard/read some of the reports and commentary:
Shame on the parents of students at Charlotte Catholic High School who have rejected the teaching of the Church. More specifically, shame on those parents who merit condemnation because of their dissent from Church teaching.

Shame on anyone for treating Sister Jane Dominic Laurel and the chaplain, Father Matthew Kauth, with contempt. Sister Jane Dominic Laurel and Father Matthew Kauth were/are rightly promoting the teaching of Christ and His Church. To reject the teaching of the Church is to reject Christ Himself, for Christ and His word are inseparable.

Shame on anyone too timid to defend the teaching of the Church and the good sister and priest.

Were it not for a plague already infecting Charlotte Catholic High School, a plague of false religion, the CCHS community merits a plague to purify their house of limp conviction and lax attitudes.

Perhaps some good will come of Sister Jane's and Fr. Matthew's white martyrdom. Perhaps a conversion of hearts will occur among those who have witnessed the mistreatment of Sister Jane and Fr. Matthew. Confronted by their own intolerance toward the nun and priest, perhaps the dissenters will come to realize that their behaviour and beliefs are of a piece: tolerance of sin leads to intolerance of virtue.

Situations like Charlotte Catholic have been created in large measure by the poor catechesis and heterodoxy that permeates so many Catholic parishes today. In diocese after diocese (and sadly mine is not exempt), stridently disobedient laity can easily find a parish which will accommodate their cafeteria Catholicism.

What’s most troubling, however, is that everyone knows the breakdown. Often incorporating the language of contemporary political analysis, people speak of the “conservative” parishes and the “liberal” parishes.

While these terms are often used to describe how the liturgy is offered, they can also reference the overall orthodoxy of the parish. The identifiably more “liberal” communities attract many dissenting Catholics when orthodoxy is re-introduced at their parish. These same dissenters know they will avoid hearing about the challenging and unpopular truths of the faith by running off to these oases of heterodoxy. That there are priests who openly accept this recognition as a badge of honor is scandalous. It is also a betrayal of those priests who do not seek the easy way for themselves, but instead embrace the cross in defense of the truth.

We have seen for decades this widespread refusal on the part of many priests to tackle the tough subjects, such as contraception, abortion and same-sex attraction. No doubt many remain silent because of their own dissenting views. The tacit approval of contraception in private often manifests as a deafening silence from the ambo. It is that very silence that also betrays their brother priests.

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