Thursday, June 22, 2006

One Church and Two or is it Three, “Official” Catechisms?

Is somebody in Washington D.C. attempting to sabotage the American Catholic Church? I don’t mean foreign agents, I don’t mean the U.S. government. I mean the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)!

Within a month of the publication of the Compendium to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, promulgated by our late, beloved Pope John Paul II, a second new catechism, “The United States Catechism for Adults”, is being offered for sale by the USCCB.

A little history might be in order here.

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Not having seen the text or format of the new “Adult” Catechism, something that from the email order form appears not to be in print yet, I can’t speak to its orthodoxy or whether or not it might be an improvement over the Compendium or the 1994 Catechism.

But what I can tell you is that 65,000,000 Catholics in this country, most of them barely catechized, are going to be very, very confused. And since there are bound to be differences, significant and insignificant, between the two books, the American Church is going to be further fractured, not just between liberals and conservatives, but between divisions within those groups.

Jesus Christ created the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. The USCCB seems intent on creating and perpetuating the Two (or more), Holy, semi-Catholic and Apostolic Church.

I don’t know whether to consider this to be sabotage, apostasy, heresy or what. Time will tell as people far more able than I study both catechisms and detail for us the differences, major and minor, and speculate on what effects it will have the Church.

Holy Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our deaths. Amen.
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