Thursday, September 29, 2005

You Call This Formation?

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about the griping in the diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph over Bishop Robert Finn's controversial moves to refocus adult education and lay formation.

A central focus of Finn's changes is his downsizing of the "New Wine" lay ministry program, a favorite of the progressive die-hards. Well, the reading list for New Wine -- or "New Whine" as its critics have called it -- has popped up.

No Ratzi. No Teilhard de Chardin. No Von Balthasar. But two of the six books are Richard McBrien -- tell me you're surprised.
McBrien, Richard P. Ministry. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1987. $12.00
Ramey, David A. Empowering Leaders. Kansas City: Sheed and Ward, 1991. $14.95
Marthaler, Berard. The Creed, revised. Mystic: Twenty-Third Publications, 1993. $24.95
McBrien, Richard P. Catholicism, New Edition. New York: Harper Collins, 1994. $36.00
Leckey, Dolores. Seven Essentials for the Spiritual Journey. Crossroads, 1999. $12.95
Hanigan, James P. As I Have Loved You: The Challenge of Christian Ethics. New York: Paulist Press, 1986. $14.95
Um, does this fit some definition of "Catholicism" I don't know about?



Blogger Scott Paeth said...


I'm not always quite sure where the rapier of your irony is going to land. Are you suggesting that there is something that's not Catholic about a book called Catholicism, or were you meaning to criticize the diocese for making that argument? I'm afraid I'm a bit out of the loop on some of the more complicated of the internal theological struggles of Catholicism. I ask simply for information.

29/9/05 10:44  
Blogger Disgusted in DC said...

Here is a nice quote from the Center for Pastoral Life and Ministry:

"We are excited to use the internet as a means of spreading Christ's prophetic message of collaboration, justice, and inclusion."

Gee, and I somehow thought that Christ's prophetic message was the call to repentance and that the Kingdom of God was at hand. And those other little matters about God becoming man so that we might become gods, the Atonement, and so on. Guess I was wrong!

29/9/05 11:29  

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