Pope Benedict has criticized religious instruction in Germany in his book "Light of the World": "The Bishops must reconsider here how Catechesis can be given a new heart and a new face.
Rome (kath.net) Pope Benedict has directed severe criticism against religious instruction in Germany in his new book, "Light of the World". Peter Seewald asked the question how it is possible that with the responsibility falling at the end of the day to the Diocese that the children might know Buddhism, but on the other hand know almost nothing of the fundamentals of Catholicism: "That is a question which I've also asked myself. In Germany every child has nine to thirteen years of religious instruction. How so little can come from that, as it is expressed here, is inconceivable. The Bishops must reconsider here how Catechesis can be given a new heart and a new face."
Benedict also criticized Catholics in official positions, who live by their Catholic confession [if nothing else]. Peter Seewald posed the following question: "Even in the ecclesiastical media there is the infestation of a 'culture of doubt' valued as chic. Whole editorial staffs take up the usual uncritical catch words critical of the Church. Bishops follow their media advisers, who recommend a shallow course, so that their liberal image won't suffer any damage. Whenever a religious book is removed from the main line of goods by the still large church owned media concerns -- it is then not problematic, to speak still about the New Evangelization?" The answer of Pope Benedict is clear: "These are all phenomena which one can only view with sadness. That these are so-called Catholics employed in official positions who live from their confession as Catholics, but whose flowing springs of Faith are in public almost completely silent, effectively in single drops. We must really therefore strive that it becomes otherwise. I observe in Italy -- where there are fewer institutional ecclesiastical businesses --, that initiatives do not occur for that reason, because the Church built something as an institution, rather because the people were themselves faithful. Spontaneous outbreaks don't come from an institution, rather they come from an authentic Faith."
The letter published on 13. July by a fifteen year old student about abuses in religious education in a school in the Archdiocese of Salzburg have made an enormous echo with the readers of kath.net, who have been moved to write us. Kath.net will then continue to publish further reports about religious instruction in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Kath.net asks its readers: How is it with the religious education of your children? How are things with your religion teacher? -- Please send us any short reports to email@example.com! We would like to publish these extracts as well.
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