Hogwash

Poor kid who went to Catholic school never had a chance.  It wasn’t really his fault.

[Aside:  although embarrassing his particular parents for sending him to Catholic school isn’t my goal, I wouldn’t mind if other parents of Catholic schoolers saw this.  Particularly, non-Catholics who think Catholic school is something of a status symbol ought to be ashamed for subjecting their children to religious hogwash.  (For the record, the actual parents will not see this, and only one trusted soul who does read this will even know who the family is.)]

Now comes the gist of the hogwash, with names laundered to protect the family.  Presumably as an assignment in Catholic school, this was written by an 8-year-old boy after the death of a relative:

My grandpop was a nice man.  He said nice things to us. …
I believe he will become a saint.  But if he doesn’t, he will be one to me.

Hello, everyone.  “Becoming a saint” is a completely fabricated idea.  It’s a non-event.  Not reality.  Roman-Catholic sainthood[1] is not remotely biblical and is quite spiritually ridiculous–if you have any interest at all in following New Covenant Christian teaching as recorded in scripture, that is.  This “saint” thing is but one of the innumerable bits of hogwash taught in Catholic schools.  Oddly, or perhaps not so oddly, many Catholic kids grow up knowing very little of the concocted Catholic doctrines such as transubstantiation, the “immaculate conception,” “perpetual virginity,” and the “assumption” of Mary, and popery (with all its trappings, including continuing revelation).

Parents who want to send their kids to an expensive school have a few options:

  1. Forget about it and send them to public school.  (If they have money to spare, use it differently!)
  2. Send them to a non-religious private school.
  3. Send them to a Catholic school, and then spend a lot of time reteaching or anti-teaching the hogwash they learn in Catholic school.
  4. Send them to a Catholic school, and then let them fend for themselves in terms of what they come to believe.

It seems to me that options 1 and 2 are better than 3 or 4.


[1] In one very important sense, Christians are all saints.  That’s what scripture teaches.  “Saint” does not mean “extra-special person assumed to have had supernatural powers, or deemed to have been especially sacrificial in some way.”  There are no biblical hierarchies or special designations for supposed rungs on a supposed Christian “ladder.”  Not even apostles or the four evangelists were ever aptly called “Saint” until Rome got hold of Christianity.  “St. Paul” and “St. Mark,” for instance, are human designations.

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2 thoughts on “Hogwash

  1. Rachel 08/23/2011 / 5:44 pm

    What’s wrong with 5) Send them to a private Protestant school?

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  2. Brian Casey 08/24/2011 / 8:00 am

    That could certainly be another option. (My private fears lead me to think that you have maybe 10% of the same problems even in Protestant schools, but in certain situations, private school may be the only viable option.

    Other options may include homeschooling (pros and cons here, too) and relatively unusual arrangements such as online schools. There are probably more options we haven’t thought of.

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