Touchy-Feely Theology Has Destroyed Catholic Education -- Clear It out; COMMENT

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Touchy-Feely Theology Has Destroyed Catholic Education -- Clear It out; COMMENT


Byline: Hermann Kelly

THE PROFUNDITY of the problems affecting the Catholic Church in Ireland has obviously begun to register with Pope Benedict XVI. He is a man of great faith, tremendous philosophical breadth and theological learning. Those who know him describe his great personal humility. This letter with his authority is a fine start.

Pope Benedict's proposal for an Apostolic Visitation of Irish dioceses should be greatly welcomed. I am sure this will be a real eyeopener to those in Rome who labour under the illusion that most Irish bishops either teach or make sure the Catholic faith is put into practice in the institutions they run.

To put it bluntly, most things that Irish bishops touch turn to dust. The bottom line is the Catholic faith is not being taught in the primary and secondary schools under their care. The Alive-O Catechetical series which they approve does great damage to the thousands of young people who are churned out after 14 years of so-called 'Catholic' education - faithless and ignorant.

Take a look at the teacher training colleges around the country, for heaven's sake, a campaigning lesbian was head of the RE department in a Dublin teaching college for years and the bishop of Dublin let her at it.

And what about the so-called 'Catholic' pregnancy advice service CURA, which handed out contacts to agencies which referred women to Britain for abortion? All with the approval of Bishop John Fleming of Killala. You could hardly make it up.

The bishops have also allowed the sacrament of the Eucharist to be profaned, its liturgy secularised into a rite of passage.

I have studied theology at Maynooth to postgraduate level, I have attended teacher training college and even edited The Irish Catholic newspaper so I have wide experience and inside knowledge of what is going on up and down the country, and I can tell you things are in a very bad way in the Catholic Church in Ireland. …

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