The Dutch Reformed teach us a lesson: we are in a theological desert

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  1. P.R.Margeot says:

    A small comment if I may : ‘the Catholic Church in S.A. can learn a lot from the D.R.C’. This is very true. I will not comment on theology but on a simple,unimportant matter in the eyes of SO MANY Catholics. And that is how one dresses to go to church on sunday and modesty in dress. I think we have an example before our eyes.
    The ordinary Catholic will say : the way we dress is not important , its the Faith, the community spirit, the brotherhood, the meal we share during the celebration presided by the priest, the exchanges, the loud music that’s what is important. I don’t know , it makes me uneasy when I see how some people dress in a Catholic church. It would appear that this deterioration of the situation can be pin-pointed to the late sixties. This is just an observation.

  2. Julian Joubert says:

    Interesting article Fr. Russell and I agree that most Catholics display an appalling apathy in regards to the fundamentals of their faith. In Toronto, one of our Franciscan friars has a weekly session entitled ‘Theology and Tea’ during which he invites parishoners and people of other faiths to participate. Might be a good idea?

  3. Judith Coyle says:

    Just to add a further note, it was the University of the Free State’s Department of Biblical Spirituality which three years ago sponsored the visit of Sandra Schneiders, Catholic Biblical and Spirituality scholar, to South Africa.

  4. P.R.Margeot says:

    Fr.Pollitt could have told us how he views the Motu Proprio of Pope Benedict issued on 7/7/07 in which he states that the old mass, which is called extraordinary, has equal status to the new one which was inaugurated in 1969. The old mass brings stability, peace, certainty, a rich ,centuries-old liturgy, gregorian music, and it goes without saying that the sermons during these masses are instructive, based on Faith, pure doctrine. The priests say their breviary and their mass every day, no matter what. The priests saying these masses have studied in good seminaries which are very strict and do not allow the Error of modernism to ravage its seminarians. These seminarians come from (often) large families, blessed by God….So one can see the happy chain of events, so to speak.
    It will take some time, obviously, to bring the good Catholic ship to calmer waters, we have a good Pope for whom we pray relentlessly.
    Another thing which is somewhat missing in the Church (and certainly in the world, for that matter) : the spirit of sacrifice. Today, the emphasis is pleasure, easy life, enjoyment, MY needs, MY ambitions, MY well-being.
    The sooner the Holy Church goes back to Tradition, the better equipped she will be for the re-construction and restoration of the Faith. There is no other way.

  5. Thank you Fr. Russell, for that insightful piece and how close to the truth you are! It seems that many who go to church do so in great faith but dare I say in ignorance of the doctrine of the church to which they belong. They seem to lack the interest to find out more, which is strange given the great import of the church’s message. I was lucky enough to study at the Jesuit Institute in Braamfontein and what I learned there has spurred me on to learn more and more… Keep up the good work.

  6. Robert ian Williams says:

    It is very sad that the Catholic Church in South Africa has done very little to reach the Afrikaners for the truth and beauty of the Catholic Church. So mamy wonderful Afrikaner Christians, with no realisation of the Catholic claims. Shame on you!

    Maybe we should strive for their earnest spirit and the Catholic Church in South Africa should focus more on Christ and his vicar.

  7. Cathleen says:

    That’s a quick-witted asnewr to a difficult question

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