Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Training or Education

When I was in Catholic School I was trained in one lineage of moral theology.  I thought that what I heard was Gospel.  It never occurred to me that I was being taught only one line of thinking.  I was being trained to live my faith in a particular style.  No choice.  This is not education.  If I were being educated I would have been exposed to historical differences, reasons for one way of thinking or another, and then I would have to use my conscience to decide what is right for my circumstances.  Training/indoctrination, rather than education assumes that the Holy Spirit cannot work well through me, a bad little boy, in need of weekly confession.  Nor can I think for myself.  The hierarchy has to tell the nuns and then they tell me, and then I do what I am told or burn.  It is sheer grace that I am still in this church!


  1. As a newer Catholic sometimes I have trouble reconciling doctrine with inner feelings. I love the traditions and the beauty of the Catholic church but I realize sometimes it just doesn't make sense. What annoys me sometimes, is reading or listening to some aging "expert" apologist putting a positive spin on a strange obscure bible passage. How does he know God's meaning? That's why I love coming here to read your thoughts Father. You help me to understand that there are many ways to be a good Catholic. Thank you.

  2. I agree with Newer Catholic!
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