Father John Abberton on Stella Maris has a brief cri de coeur post on the parlous state of Catholic Education in the west.
He has posted that, along with homosexual factions within the Vatican and a general lack of adherence to Church teaching on homosexuality, the Holy Father should look next to Catholic Education in schools and, I suspect Fr A would also include, parishes.
Of course, if we had Bishops of any calibre, they would have already sorted this problem, it's not rocket science.
But, it occurs to me that there is one move that could be implemented quickly and effectively.
|Maybe 'Catholic Doctrinal Studies?'|
The Bishops, collectively, could develop a GCSE level course on Catholic Doctrinal Teaching; there is no reason why it should remain at this level, it could also be developed as a National Diploma in time.
Catholic Secondary schools would be directed to include this course as a mandatory part of the curriculum and application made to resolving the restrictions posed by the national curriculum (believe me, there are ways around this obstacle).
This qualification would provide a useful foil to the standard Religious Education examination that focuses on comparative studies.
Now, provided that the syllabus was designed in a manner faithful to Catholic teaching (and not handed over to a bunch of liturgical harpies) this would be a good way of reclaiming lost ground; not the only way by any means, but a good start.
So what are the chances of their Lordships taking up a scheme along these lines?
Hen's teeth, flying pigs and rocking horse dung spring to mind.