Currently, I’m taking a RCIA class to obtain my chatechist certificate. This class is also being taken by adult Catholics who have never been confirmed, but baptized.
This class is being taught by the chancellor of the diocese so I thought that this class would be taught by someone who knows what they’re talking about.
Things began getting a little wierd a few weeks ago when the teacher said that Jesus did come to Earth to find a church. The next week she let it be known that if girls want to be priests than she couldn’t see a reason why they couldn’t. She refers to God as “She”, justifying it by saying God posses both male and female qualities and there’s nothing wrong with refering to God as “She.”
This started making me suspicious of the text book, “Catholicism in the third millennium” by Thomas Rausch. Nothing in the assigned reading so far has raised any eyebrows but I started reading other chapters and found the following:
"Jesus did not come to Earth to find a church"
He also questions why homosexuals cannot have committed relationships.
I looked to the front of the book for an imprimatur, and of course could not find one. This lead me to the introduction where he says, “Perhaps the best book on Catholocism is Richard McBrien’s volume by the same name.”
The name Richard McBrien set something off in my head and of course, there was a story on him in the July/August 2005 edition of “This Rock”
So now I’m wondering what to do. Do I speak directly to the Chancellor and explain my concerns with her teaching against Rome, do I go to my parish Priest? I don’t think I can write the Bishop because the Chancellor has said that she helps go through the letters to the Bishop!!
Any suggestions would be welcome!