Saturday, June 26, 2010

When High School Evangelizes Better Than Your Local Parish

"I thought Catholicism was literally a joke of a religion until I got to my European history class at my public high school," writes Hoanyeon, continuing to say that "in that history class, I saw that here is a Church that actually did stuff, good and bad, instead of doing absolutely nothing singing Kumbaya and playing degenerate music from guitars for one or two hours on a Sunday" — Fr. Robert Barron on Dumbed Down Catholicism.

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Blogger Hoanyeon said...

I wouldn't call it "Evangelizing..." But yes, I definitely learned more about the history of the Catholic Church in my european history class than sunday school.

9:59 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

God works in mysterious ways. It was unintended evangelization, like when I discovered Tolstoy at an anarchist "unconvention" in Toronto back in '89.

10:31 PM  
Blogger elena maria vidal said...

I learned more about the Catholic Church from my Jewish history professor than from anyone else in my young life.

1:17 AM  
Blogger Enbrethiliel said...


I love that quote! =D

2:24 AM  
Anonymous m.z. said...

What a bunch of nonsense. We never sang Kumbaya and I bet you didn't either Joshua.

2:50 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

I sang it in Lutheran Sunday school, and liked it.

7:29 AM  
Anonymous Walt said...

@ MZ I was taught Kumbaya in Catholic school back in the first grade circa the early 1970's. We also sang the Youngbloods "Get Together" as a recessional hymn at CYO teen Masses. The priests, God bless 'em, apparently weren't aware that 1960's folk rock was totally "uncool" by the early 80's. There was also a Sunday evening folk Mass, that you know, the kids really liked.

8:13 AM  
Blogger Hoanyeon said...

I am not joking. We actually did sing "kumbaya", "Our God is an Awesome God"... and other questionable songs.

I actually went to a Korean Catholic youth group a year ago. They sang Protestant songs, even had the "나" in Protestant Korean name for God "하나님" crossed out with "느" to make it the Catholic "하느님"

9:35 AM  

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