Friday, December 05, 2008

Conscience Bangers

A priest in Virginia does 'compare/contrast'...

If a football coach tells parents their son needs to memorize plays to be on the team, the parents agree. If a priest tells parents their child needs to memorize prayers or facts about their faith to be a better Catholic, the parents argue.

If a soccer coach tells parents they need to get their child to team practices three times a week, the parents change work schedules and arrange carpools. If a priest tells parents they need to get their child to a practice before a big liturgy, the parents complain.

If a cheerleading coach tells parents that they need to raise money so the team can go to a competition at Disney World, the parents sell candy bars and wash cars. If a priest tells parents that they need to raise money so the altar servers can get new robes, the parents remark that "It's always about money".

If a school teacher isn't pushing his/her students to read and do math beyond their grade level, then he/she isn't thought to be doing their job. If a religious education program pushes students to know and understand their faith beyond their grade level, then the program is thought to be "unrealistic".

Umnnnnhhhh.....yah, well, not all of that is true in all parishes...

HT: Rich Leonardi

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

oh yeah. KInd of like when our parish changed the the confirmation schdule to accomodate all the soccer players... but not for the kids who were working.

Terrence Berres said...

"If a religious education program pushes students to know and understand their faith beyond their grade level..."

Any parish like that around here? At mine the texts we use really do ask kids how they "feel" about this or that. Meanwhile, I've had a tenth grade student who had to struggle to remember the word "Eucharist".

Radish said...

If a school teacher isn't pushing his/her students to read and do math beyond their grade level, then he/she isn't thought to be doing their job.

Where does this happen??

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