Poor catechesis even in Catholic colleges leads to cultural Catholicism

Re: “Young people are leaving the Faith: Here’s why” (In Focus, Aug. 28).

Some fine but important points about religion and science were not adequately addressed in that article. While Catholics do not deny human evolution, they do hold that at some point God put a human soul into that evolved body.

My daughter went to a Catholic college and was given an F in a class for refusing to write that the human and animal soul were the same. My son in another Catholic college was asked to write a paper on God being a woman. Hopefully our Catholic colleges are doing better at teaching Catholic doctrine, but is it any wonder that we have so many cultural Catholics? 

Evelyn Mazzucco, Chicago, Illinois

On leaving the Faith

Re: “Young people are leaving the Faith: Here’s why” (In Focus, Aug. 28).

Do we really believe the main reason(s) young people are leaving the Church are the ones they have told to CARA study leaders?

I would love to know if CARA has information about those parents and the dynamics of those families, particularly their faith lives. I don’t mean just how often they go to church or how many parish committees they serve on. Is there evidence that the parents were/are imbued with true faith and trust in the Lord that affects their every day lives? ­

If people so young say they don’t even know if they believe in God, that comes from a deprivation way deeper than merely “Catholic schools versus public” or “good catechesis versus poor.”

Mary Kurtz, Gaithersburg, Maryland

I have a Ph.D. in mathematics and have just returned from a scientific conference. I am unimpressed by the arguments or excuses for opposing the Faith to science. The entire article was defeatist, with CARA questions leading interviewees to debunk religion. And it does not require 16 years of Catholic education to counter those stereotypes. I recommend one thin (116 page) book, Joseph Ratzinger’s “Christianity and the Crisis of Cultures.”

The Catholic position in science is far stronger than most people know: not just Galileo but Pascal (mathematics), Mendel (genetics), Pasteur (medicine), Lemaitre (Big Bang), etc. And quasi-sciences like atheistic “evolution” are much weaker mathematically than most people know.

However, making these points requires that Catholics leave their comfort zone before talking with the young. We are not on good terms with the establishment. We must denounce the intellectual and legal corruption.

Science is actually a friend of the Faith. It reads the book of God’s creation. We Catholics have nothing to fear from that book.

Those who oppose us have to shout louder and louder to blur the reality of God’s creation.

Lawrence Dickson, National City, California

There have been hopeful signs that the Church is alive and kicking, even though the article would have one believe that the Church is starting to breathe its last.

There have been hundreds who through the RCIA have entered the Church this past Easter and there were a million young folk who gathered together in Krakow, Poland, this past July who wished to express their Catholic faith.

It may be true that more have left the Church than those who have been welcomed into its membership. But it could be safely stated that for the most part those who left the Church knew very little about its fundamental, solid teaching, its history, its worship, its art and music, whereas those who came into the Church were those who sincerely came in seeking the truth and its reward and once having been incorporated into the Body of Christ have found peace, joy and a limitless amount of love.

Young people are not known for their wisdom. Foolishness is found in those who abandon a treasure left abandoned in a deserted field.

Fr. Daniel Danik, Linden, New Jersey
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