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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

More Controversy Over the New Youth Catechism

Do we really need a "Youcat?"

3 comments:

vwtaylorii said...

Is there anything wrong with the Baltimore Catechism? I teach Sunday School with another teacher that use this book, and I don't see anything wrong with it. If there is nothing wrong with the Baltimore Catechism, why isn't it getting promoted more?

Matthew Bellisario said...

As far as I am concerned, the Baltimore Catechism and the Trent Catechism are great. Aside from not covering modern developments in bioethics, which could have been added, I do not see an absolute need to make a new one. The old ones in my opinion are much easier to comprehend and leave little room for ambiguity. I am not against making any new catechisms per se, but you have to have competent people putting it together who are not ashamed of proclaiming the faith clearly. In my opinion, it should be clear that Schonborn is not the man for the job of the new Youth Catechism. The whole project is a debacle.

The reason why the old Catechisms are not being promoted is that a majority of the Church is infected with modernism, and everything that the Church printed before VCII is viewed by many as being archaic and outdated. For them VCII is the starting point for the Church, not the continuation of the Church. Such are the fantasies of the VCII only crowd who will never crack open any of the older catechisms or documents of the Church.

vwtaylorii said...

It is a shame how modern people view the older catechisms and documents before Vatican II. Looking back to the Tradition that was passed down from generation to generation it what help develop the Doctrines we have today, as well as help interpreting Scripture. I wouldn't get a good grasp on what Col 2:11 was saying if I didn't read the explanation from St. Augustine.

I got a better grasp on what the Catholic Church teaches when I read Dezinger: Sources of Catholic Dogma and Ludwig Ott: Fundamental of Catholic Dogma with the Catechism of the Catholic Church. In fact, I use Ludwig Ott book to teach my Sunday School children (just enough so they can understand and not go over their head).

Thanks for the answer.