Without a doubt. And yet, on the agreed-upon set of subjects, the school is the primary educator of the student.
Nope. That’s not what I’m suggesting. However, I am saying that this is a different ballgame than the education model of our schools. So, we have to take a different approach. Our problem is that we don’t have an approach or even a model that we can point to and say, “yep – that works! Let’s do that!”
Not so much. A homily isn’t a lecture or a CCD class. It’s part of the Mass, which means it connects the readings to the lived experience of the congregants and then points both of them to the Eucharist.
… except that, when you see Fr Joe at the hardware store, how pedagogical of a moment can that be? When he’s leading his pre-marital interview (which, if you aren’t aware, already is required and is a teaching moment!), he can really only realistically expect to touch on a couple narrowly-defined topics. (And, even then, the couple really isn’t gonna hear him all that well, since they’re already invested – literally, to the tune of thousands of dollars! – in their wedding day! Any catechesis on married life is going to take a distant back seat to wedding and party planning. Sad, but true.
I totally agree with you in this sentiment. However, these things don’t suffice. They’re already (more or less) doing what they can be stretched to do, by priests who are trying to utilize them as best as possible. IT AIN’T ENOUGH.
So… how do we fix this problem?