[quote=WBB]I have not heard the CD, although I would like to. I wanted to respond because I think this is a common statement of people who are lukewarm in their faith at best or have intention of leaving the church. A friend of mine mentioned it to me one time, “The church does not feed me.” My response: “Perhaps you should be doing some of the cooking.” I think if we expect to sit back and have the church do everything spiritual or theological for us, then we will feel “unfed.” However, if we are actively involved through prayer and study, we will be fed infinitely and sometimes in unfathomable ways.
Unfortunately I agree with those who say “the Church does not feed me”.
The past Pope does also. He constantly urges catechesis, (teachings) to be given by the bishops on various things from lack of a sense of sin, lack of understanding of grace, lack of understanding the Eucharist, the mass, etc, etc, etc. Over and over he says, and the past Popes have said that there is an **URGENT need for catechesis. **
Of course some of us can study and learn on our own, like Jeff Cavins did. But, that is not the normal way. Proof that the Pope is right is the fact that almost all Catholics at mass go to communion, don’t go to confession, don’t know the teachings on contraception, on the Church, on the Eucharist, disagree on abortion, etc.
But, catechesis is NEVER or rarely given to the parishoners.
The reason for this is that the homily is the main time, main place, primary place and time for catechesis. **The Church teaches this over and over and over. **
But, there is a false teaching that has been present since Vatican II which says that the homily is primarily to be a commentary on the readings, and limited to the content of the readings, instead of a deep catechesis on the fundamentals of the Catholic faith. I know this because priests tell me this is what they have been taught in the seminaries or this is what they have been taught Vatican II says. Ask a priest why he never gives deep teachings on the sacraments, contraception, the rosary, etc, but only reads back the scriptures of the readings and this is the answer you will get.
Now a few priests do teach and go into the deep fundamentals of the faith. I asked one of these priests about this, and even he said that what he was doing seemed to go against the teachings of Vatican II. Thus, even he was hesitant to teach the faith (feed the people)
Until the bishops of this country reject this false idea and explain why it is wrong and teach all the priests** that the homily is primarily a place for catechesis on the fundamentals of the Catholic faith **(which has come from the apostles, and thus is the whole Gospel) then Catholics will continue to leave the Church in droves, practice contraception (which causes divorce) have abortions, and vote for pro-abortion political candidates,etc.