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!