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Sister Leo with her catechism students in Las Vegas in 1963. The sisters' job  in those days was to conduct catechism classes for kids who attended public school.  This was long before the "Church as field hospital" era, of course, when the Church still had no concept of mercy.

“For there shall be a time when they will not endure sound doctrine but, according to their own desires, they will heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears: And will indeed turn away their hearing from the truth, but will be turned into fables.”
[Holy Bible, Douay-Rheims translation, New Testament, 2 Timothy 4:3-4]

Sheep find comfort in the incessant noise of empty rhetoric. You have to wonder whether this moment in history, this moment in time, is a product of marginally catechized cafeteria Catholics.

Arguably, most – if not all – marginally catechized cafeteria Catholics are marginally catechized through no fault of their own.

Arguably, the root cause is the USCCB’s Conformity Listing of Catechetical Texts and Series that essentially offers the modernist catechist with a cafeteria style menu of texts to choose from – but more about that later. Back to basics.

Catholic modernism and political correctness masked the movement away from traditional catechism based education – and thus began the evolution of marginally catechized modernist cafeteria Catholics.

If you are still scratching your head, and wondering what Catholic modernism is about, it is probably because you have never read Pascendi Dominici Gregis or A Catechism on Modernism. Both were published in 1907 – long before the Second Vatican Council.  

Pascendi Dominici Gregis, On the Doctrines of the Modernists, is an Encyclical published by Pope Saint Pius X, on September 8, 1907.  

A Catechism on Modernism, a little known follow-on to Pascendi Dominici Gregis, was also published in 1907. This catechism has a peculiar structure. It is written as an imaginary interview of Pope Saint Pius X by the author (Rev. J. B. Lemius).   In the imaginary interview Pope Saint Pius X dissects meticulously and magisterially, as only he knew, the modernist heresy in all its branches.  In its time A Catechism on Modernismwas highly praised by Pope Saint Pius X.   

Today A Catechism on Modernismis an essential tool for all Catholics to understand how far the modernist heresy penetrated inside the Church – especially since the Second Vatican Council. 

It can be argued that the modernist movement away from catechism-based education is another reason that the flame of righteousness that once roared from our pulpits has been reduced to a flicker….

Do we have a reference point from which traditional catechesis began its movement away from catechism-based education? Yes. During the early history of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States all of the dioceses were part of one ecclesiastical province under the Archbishop of Baltimore:  

This just in from TFP.org:

In the history of the Church, many martyrs died for the Faith. Starting with Saint Stephen the Protomartyr shortly after the Resurrection, they were the first to be remembered, venerated for their public witness and raised to the altars with the title of saint. There are also those who denied the Faith under pressure. They are forgotten and buried in the dark recesses of history.

The modern world has a problem with martyrs. People cannot understand the glory of their witness for Christ. Modern man would rather try to find some justification behind the anguished decision of those who deny the Faith.

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