Religious Education Critique

Religious Ed Curriculum Upheaval

September 11, 2007

Interesting news coming from the religious education world today. A non-denominational Christian group, CFM Religion Publishing Group, recently purchased Benziger and Resources for Christian Living religious education programs. Both of these programs are what you expect to find in Catholic parishes: watered-down pap that is only on the USCCB's approved religious ed list because it […]

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Part V: Why we only carry Faith and Life and Image of God Religion Series or…

January 1, 2007

Why the USCCB catechetical list is not the place to find out if a religious education series is good. If you haven't read the other posts in this series, please start there. Unit 2 of BAW is called We Ask God's Forgiveness. Family time to prep for this chapter is titled "We Can Choose What […]

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A Call For Volunteers - Review Your Religious Education Material!

November 25, 2006

Over the past couple of weeks I have exchanged letters with a bishop who did not like my religious education critiques or my reference to the USCCB's Catechetical list (The List) as a magic eight ball. He took my comments as an insult directed at the bishops' wisdom and teaching. To avoid any misunderstandings, I […]

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Part IV: Why we only carry Faith and Life and Image of God Religion Series or…

November 5, 2006

Why the USCCB’s approved religious education book list is only slightly more useful than a magic eight ball. Week four has come and gone (as well as five and six). Boy am I behind! Week four is entitled "We Praise and Thank God." The closest corresponding chapter in F&L is chapter 15 "Let Us Pray". […]

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Part III: Why we only carry Faith and Life and Image of God Religion Series or…

October 17, 2006

Why the USCCB’s approved religious education book list is only slightly more useful than a magic eight ball. It's week three and we have another doctrine-packed week of handouts to go through. Unfortunately, Faith and Life (F&L) only devotes a couple of paragraphs to the study of heroes aka saints instead of a whole chapter […]

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Part II: Why we only carry Faith and Life and Image of God Religion Series or…

October 9, 2006

Why the USCCB’s approved religious education book list is only slightly more useful than a magic eight ball. Okay, week 2 of First Communion prep has come and gone and a new round of worksheets is available. Before I start, I must say that the teacher is supplementing the text with her own knowledge and […]

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Part I: Why we only carry Faith and Life and Image of God Religion Series or...

October 1, 2006

Why the USCCB's approved religious education book list is only slightly more useful than a magic eight ball. My oldest daughter started First Communion religious education today at an undisclosed location. She was given twelve pages from the Blest are We series by Silver Burdett Ginn book to take home from the class. Having been […]

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