Thursday, November 4, 2010
I Can't Believe It!
In the previous post I questioned why parents would make their children get confirmed when they don't practice the faith by participating in Sunday Mass on a regular basis. I thought that was pretty senseless, but now, I have learned about something even more senseless. It's one of those occasions where I just have to automatically slap my forehead in disbelief!
My oldest son participates in a monthly vocations discernment group with the Associate Pastor of our parish and he just shared this outrageous story with me that he learned at the most recent meeting. Fr. Dennis has been visiting the 7th and 8th grade classrooms at the parish school and has been assigning scripture study essays to the students as part of their religion course.
AND THE PARENTS ARE COMPLAINING!!!!!! WHAT?????
Why in the world would someone spend $3000 a year to send their child to a Catholic school and then complain when their child learns about their Catholic faith at that school? I just don't get it!!!! Fr. Dennis specializes in church history and he is a goldmine of information. Those kids are going to get smart under his care! I would have been thrilled if Fr. Dennis had done this while my boys were in 7th and 8th grade, and I look forward to next year when Jack will be assigned scripture study essays by Fr. Dennis.
And I can be assured that he will receive those assignments because Fr. Dennis is NOT going to back down! "Bring it on!!!" he says. "The priest should be teaching religion and this is one battle that I'm going to win!"
Fight hard, Fr. Dennis! It's well worth it!