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An Entire Page Devoted to Teaching Islam?

September 29th, 2010, Promulgated by Dr. K


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With 45% of Catholics unaware of or disbelieving the Real Presence, I think our time and effort would be better spent on teaching Catholic doctrine, not the doctrines of Islam.

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10 Responses to “An Entire Page Devoted to Teaching Islam?”

  1. avatar Mike says:

    Last month I put up a post urging parishes to use their bulletins as a tool for catechesis.

    This is not quite what I had in mind.

  2. avatar Gretchen says:

    Next thing ya know, they’ll be printing those Mormon ads in the bulletin!

  3. avatar benanderson says:

    being a fan of apologetics, I have no problem with teaching about Islam, granted that he explains why it’s false… and how it was spread, in contrast to Christianity, by the sword.

  4. avatar Anonymous says:

    Too bad they never treat Catholocism like they do Islam. Too bad they don’t take Catholic ideals and explain them to their sheep. Very sheepish!

  5. avatar Jim R says:

    This shouldn’t surprise anyone. For years catholic schools have failed to teach Catholicism but have gushed over other religions, denominations, American Indian spirituality and New Age to their charges since the 70s. As recently as 2-3 years ago I remember reading on a CSJ site (not Rochester’s SSJs, but CSJs from an Archdiocese) an article gushing about the 8th grade religion class that learned all about smudge services, the Great Spirit and even had a Native American holy man come and bless the class. At the time I distinctly remember thinking – Great, do they know anything about Catholicism, or have they just learned that paganism is wonderful!

    There is nothing wrong with adult fully formed Catholics learning about other religions. And, certainly some provision needs to be made for just that. However, it’s obvious to all but the most obtuse that a huge number and substantial percentage of Catholics are mal-catechized, un-catechized, mis-catechized or only partially catechized. That is where the inept shepherds of this flock need to focus. Of course, their ineptitude makes that impossible. Another Catch 22-like conundrum.

  6. avatar Bernie says:

    There are all kinds of resources available for people to learn about Islam -especially resources published/produced by the followers of Islam. Father would do better to add to the resources available to his own parishioners for learning about Catholicism and thereby stay within his own field of expertise.

  7. avatar Anonymous says:

    What I need to know are: what are the resources for instructing a teenager and college student. Or if no one knows, where can I go and whom can I speak with about obtaining such resources? Thanks.

  8. avatar benanderson says:

    @anon 10:48

    CA Live show with Chris Stefanik as guest

    his books:

    There’s also Jason Everett’s work:
    and some more books there:

    and tons of stuff at like “how to stay catholic in college”

    and a CA Live show:

    as far as local resources – I’m afraid I’m ignorant.

  9. avatar Nerina says:


    Another great catechesis source:

    I’ve used it with 4 of my kids ranging in age from 15 – 8 years old. They also offer adult ed programs.

  10. avatar Persis says:

    So sad! 🙁
    Would not Fr. Steve’s time be better spent talking about the new missal translation, or better yet, catechesis for the parish. I attended a funeral at ST, and even I was shocked at the over-the-top, “let’s do what we want” attitude that was present there.

    And if I am saying this, I can’t imagine how the rest of you feel!! 😉

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