Perhaps this doesn’t belong in this folder. For that I apologise.
IF you want to know why the average Catholic doesn’t know much and have always wondered why the “Average Catholic” is easy pickin’s for…well…anybody, it was just as you all had feared: Bad Catechism!!!
Let me tell you all so far about my experience with this. A few weeks ago, I was woken up by a phone call and rather than go to a church 30 mintues away later in the day, I decided to get up and go to a church 20 minutes away the opposite direction and earlier that Sunday. I note that in the announcements section of the bulletin, they need Religious Education Catechists for 7th Grade. I find this out on Sunday. Monday was the holiday, I wasn’t feeling well on Tuesday, I called on Wednesday and left a message. I got the call back on Wednesday and was asked if I could go in that night for a few hours for some meeting thing. Also, I was asked if I could teach 6th Grade instead. Not a problem. We watched a video. A horrendous video. Maybe other catechists have seen it, it’s called, “Echos of Faith: Getting Started as a Catechist.” In it, 4 different catechists were saying how they have conducted their classes and how the children really respond and how great it is. You know what I saw? I saw the catechists talking down to the children (mostly teens, but, also younger classes), watering down the faith, not teaching, and not really teaching. And furthermore, the teens were clearly laughing at them, but, in a way the catechists couldn’t see.
When I went in on Wednesday to meet up with the DRE she asked if I could teach RCIA 1, which is 2nd & 3rd graders. Not a problem. Not a problem at all. Also that Wednesday, I get handed a bunch of paperwork (when one is around kids, the Archdiocese, for some strange reason, wants to make sure you’re not a convicted fellon or a kiddie-fiddler) to complete. Some of it could be completed online. In addition to doing the paperwork, I find out that there is a Virtus class. In it, I later find out, we watch another video, “Protecting God’s Children”. …More on that, later. Anyway, because I want to teach the students, and I don’t know if all this has to be completed before I begin teaching on Saturday, I note that there is this Virtus workshop that I have to attend. Between that Thursday that I find out and two days later, Saturday morning, I see that there is one class. In English. Availiable to the public. That night. By the grace of God, I sign up to go to it so I can have SOME sort of prep or unofficial quasi-certification thingie of sorts. I now view it as doing a shot of tequila – best just to get it over with and it didn’t leave me in the best of moods afterwards.