Catholic Schools: Mass-Going Optional?

Catholic Schools: Mass-Going Optional?

Editor writes…

Recently, I stumbled across a magazine entitled The Scottish Catholic, featuring a pupil on the front cover, querying “What’s our future?” beside his photo a list: Catholic Climate Change, Cost of Living, Mental Health, Hope (image below).

Turns out this is a special Catholic Education Week Edition of the magazine which had been handed over to a group of seven pupils who were invited to choose the topics, and write the articles.  “The results are enlightening” says Ian Dunn, Editor.  And he wasn’t kidding.  He adds:  “Be it climate change, the mental health crisis or the cost of living, they care, they want to make a difference… They explain what older Catholics don’t understand about their generation.”   

Well, folks, brace yourselves – below a couple of examples of what these young people think the older generation need to understand (for which read “accept”) about their take on the Faith.  They begin by explaining why they wanted to take part in the magazine project.

Lauryn (17) writes… 

I wanted to learn more about issues young people are facing in the world. It’s given me experience in this industry [journalism] and how things work. Older people assume we don’t care about Faith or being a Catholic because we don’t go to Church every week or pray all the time, but we care in a different way.

Kerry (16) writes…

This seemed like a good opportunity that not everyone would get the chance to do.  I think older people don’t always understand the time it takes to be a practising Catholic. I work every Sunday in retail, so I can’t go to Sunday Mass but it doesn’t mean the Faith doesn’t matter to me. Young people need to be reached in different ways.

Catholic Truth Commentary…

It’s difficult to believe that these young people see nothing untoward in their casual attitude towards the Commandment to worship God, to keep holy the Sabbath day, and to do so in accordance with the Church’s precept to attend Mass on Sundays, and avoid unnecessary work.

Of course, few on this blog will lament the empty pews at any Novus Ordo Missae, but it’s the mentality that is of concern. There is no hint in either of the above statements that these young people believe they are committing a sin by not attending Mass, and I doubt if they have ever heard of the distinctions, venial and mortal sins. They are to be pitied more than anything, and, no doubt, many, if not all, of their teachers and parents as well – it’s so long since Catholic schools were sound, teaching the Faith adequately, never mind fully.  But someone will be called to account before God for this scandalous state of affairs. Who, though?  Who are the prime suspects?

And what else do these youngsters consider unimportant in the Faith – Confession? Sexual Morality?  Are they subject to woke brainwashing? Are they being turned into political pawns instead of practising Catholics? Clue: there’s a double page spread in the magazine headlined Fighting Climate Change Here and Abroad.  Gimme a break.  Your thoughts…

Comments (20)

  • Fidelis

    In the UK, I think the rot set in right after Vatican II when Corpus Christi College in London introduced teachers to modern catechetics, which means not teaching the Faith as true, just one “truth” among many.

    I can’t remember the key figures involved but I remember Daphne McLeod, RIP, telling a story about how she was present at one such course for Heads and was amazed at the laid-back attitude of everyone present, except herself! The whole “let’s move with the times” mentality seems to have snuck in the backdoor at that time.

    Those poor pupils quoted in the intro, have been sold short. One day they will react with anger at this.

    December 9, 2022 at 1:02 pm
  • editor

    To think I was working on this thread until after midnight yesterday! Roll on 5th July 😀


    I, too, recall Daphne’s account of her in-service day at Corpus Christi College. It has been all downhill from there!

    December 9, 2022 at 2:03 pm
  • RCAVictor

    Mr. Ian Dunn, Editor, should be held accountable for failing to correct the secularized opinions of these students. Failing to correct? Silly me: he actually celebrates their indifference!

    But I suppose accountability needs to go all the way up the clerical food chain, right to the post-Conciliar Popes who made the Catholic Faith “easier to practice.”

    Yep, it’s so easy now that there’s hardly any practice at all. Mission accomplished.

    Two asides: First, I’m thoroughly sick of hearing people, of any age, saying they “want to make a difference.” That’s the profane lingo of the replacement “faith” that has been foisted upon us, indistinguishable from the harangues of the spoiled brat Greta Thunberg. How about making a difference by dying to self with Our Lord at Mass?

    Second, the young man pictured on the magazine cover looks about as Scottish as the Maharishi. Must be more of that “diversity” thing.

    December 9, 2022 at 2:30 pm
    • Josephine

      RCA Victor,

      You’re never going to pass the Woke Test! LOL! This nonsense about diversity is beyond belief. The pupil on the front of that magazine probably would have been born in Scotland, and will be entitled to call himself Scottish but I can’t help wondering if this diversity fanaticism would apply the other way round, if a white face appeared on the front of a magazine about pupils in an African school. They’d be screaming “colonialism!” to the skies.

      The pupils obviously haven’t a clue about the faith. They think it’s about beating the climate “emergency” and helping people suffering the cost of living crisis. They’re in training to join the Labour, Liberal or SNP parties! Notice, none of them spoke about having souls to save, the sacraments etc.

      December 9, 2022 at 3:10 pm
    • editor

      RCA Victor,

      Like you, I, too, am sick of this “I want to make a difference” blether. That’s all it is. Ask a young person to actually DO something, and they look blankly as if they’re trying to remember where they put their mothers/must be near dinner time, surely…

      December 9, 2022 at 8:19 pm
  • Margaret Mary

    Does anyone here think that Catholic schools (in Scotland or anywhere else in the UK) will be exempt from this filth? This is primary school – just think what they’ll be getting shown in secondary!

    December 9, 2022 at 5:24 pm
    • editor


      Sadly, no. It’s a very safe bet that Scottish schools – including so-called Catholic schools – will be as busy corrupting young souls and bodies with that kind of evil material, as schools south of the border. It’s tragic.

      December 9, 2022 at 8:04 pm
  • Faith of Our Fathers

    ED I clicked on the Scottish Catholic Link and my God if that’s supposedly a Catholic Magazine God help us . I too am fed up listening about what the Young People can learn us which is Zero. I served an Apprenticeship and if I had told Tradesmen how the Job should have been done I wouldn’t be here now. It was Watch. Listen ask Questions and Do as your told. As for the usual suspects Global Warming. Save the Planet garbage ,it seems as if without a doubt the next Religion. Also when I seen the Photo of Welby and The Church of Scotland Moderater and read that they were going to the Sudan with Bergoglio it made me chuckle. Well at least their will be 2 sort of Christians amongst the Moslems. Going back to the Young ( or so called Young Scottish Catholics ) surely they could have found at least one who knows the Faith. Or did Dunn and Co not even bother. 2 Weeks ago it was Scottish Catholic Education Sunday in N.O. i certainly did not contribute as I see no Catholic Education as you say being taught in School. It would be interesting to ask the Young Diversity Boy in the Photo if He knew The Ten Commandments. If He did, which would be doubtful ad Bet My Pension Book that He wouldn’t be able to explain them.

    December 9, 2022 at 5:38 pm
  • editor

    I laughed heartily at a couple of the comments where the pupils stress their busy lives.

    Kerry, quoted above, writes…

    I work every Sunday in retail, so I can’t go to Sunday Mass.

    And Max, not quoted above (but will be in the February newsletter) writes…

    … older people don’t understand how easy it is to get burned out at our age, there are so many demands on our time, learning to prioritise is really important.” Burned out? He is 17 years of age, for goodness sake! Priceless.

    Clearly, neither of these teenagers realise that they are bound, under pain of mortal sin, to attend Mass on Sundays and Holydays, unless prevented by some serious cause, e.g. illness.

    And this, they tell us, is the fruit of having our own separate Catholic school system… these youngsters are the hope for the future?

    God help them – it’s not their fault. Nobody can know what they’ve never been taught.

    December 9, 2022 at 8:00 pm
  • Faith of Our Fathers

    Burn out at 17 give that Boy a Free Holiday with servants in the Bahamas. I wonder if He would feel Burnt Out had He had to work 12 Hour Shifts 7 Days a Week down a Filthy Coal Mine . I say Mine rather than Pits, as My Ancestors worked in these Filthy Mines sometimes waist deep in Water . What was worse was they had to put on the same Wet Clothes the next morning. Their were no Hot Showers in the Mines. Many of my Young Memories were of My Grandfather and an Uncle in their 50s trying to draw a Breath because of Silicosis. As you say ED burn out gies a Brek. As for myself in my early Teens I often Worked 7 Days a Week with 12 Hour Shifts but not down Mines or Pits thank God . What is really Galling though is that when the Deep Pits with Billions of Tons of Quality Coal just waiting to be lifted to the surface ,were Closed because of Climate Protestants. Now we’re in a Real Coal spell and I see Wind Farms that have hardly turned in a Week. Maybe the 17 Year Old probably Woke Boy could go there with a Few of His Climate Protestants and Help Turn the Blades. Like having a Few Exercise Bikes attached to the Windmills and them taking turns about to make the Turbines go round. At least it would take His Mind off of Burn Out .🦽

    December 10, 2022 at 1:23 pm
  • crofterlady

    A lot of snowflakes these young people in my opinion. I have 4 young people in my family and they certainly wouldn’t be so woke. Even though we didn’t need the money, we sent them all out to work during the holidays. Good training. By the way, from what we witnessed around us regarding Catholic school pupils, we didn’t send our children to Catholic schools and, unlike every single Catholic school attendees in our parish, our young adults ARE THE ONLY ONES WHO ATTEND MASS.

    December 10, 2022 at 10:31 pm
  • Michael S McGinty

    Hello Editor,

    What happens on the 5th July ?

    December 11, 2022 at 8:46 pm
    • editor

      Hello Michael S McGinty,

      The blog is due for renewal on 5th July.

      What do you think about The Scottish Catholic article, and/or the opinions about it, expressed so far on this thread?

      December 12, 2022 at 9:20 am
  • Crankier

    The first thing that needs to be asked of these “children” is who do [they]consider as elderly.

    When I was their age, being from a family of ten, I considered my older brothers and sisters being elderly. They themselves will be really elderly in the minds of the primary children, so they probably will be accused of being misunderstanding themselves in ten years time.

    I agree with FOOF in what he says. It seems to be some sort of attainment nowadays to be shattered. In my younger days working in the construction industry being “shattered” would have been a sign of weakness. Travelling a round trip of 120 miles each day, working from 8.00am to 8.00pm in all weathers, lighting oily rags to (dangerously) help start diesel engines on a frosty morning and getting soaked to the skin didn’t get you a dispensation. We even still had time to fulfil the Holy Days of Obligation.

    The comical thing about those you see lamenting on TV (you know the ones) about being shattered are the same ones who will be boasting about going jogging or to the gym when they get home at night.

    As someone once said: you couldn’t make it up.

    December 11, 2022 at 9:22 pm
  • Theresa Rose

    Have these young people heard of the 10 Commandments? And would they think that these commandments are not necessary to their lives, or anyone else? And how would they explain them away as not being necessary?

    December 11, 2022 at 10:22 pm
  • Michael S McGinty

    Dear Editor,

    I found the article in the Scottish Catholic to be quite troubling. The very haphazard approach of the young people to attending Mass was unsurprising but to see it in black and white is not good. I’m surprised that it was published at all; to hear religious relativism being almost celebrated is a sad thing.

    December 12, 2022 at 2:46 pm
    • Nicky

      I agree – you know that the kids are not being taught the faith in Catholic schools, but when you see the evidence, straight from their own mouths, there in black and white it is sobering.

      December 14, 2022 at 9:41 am
  • RCAVictor

    I just noticed something in the headline image: “Laudato Si Schools.” Well, we all know what Laudato Si is, and isn’t (i.e. it isn’t Catholic, it’s an environmentalism encyclical, better known as a “recyclical”), but what’s a Laudato Si School?

    Apparently it’s a formerly Catholic school where students learn the replacement religion of worshipping Mother Earth, and the new sins of using plastic, driving gasoline-powered autos and keeping your thermostat too high in the winter and too low in the summer.

    December 12, 2022 at 4:58 pm
    • Margaret Mary

      RCA Victor,

      This is the problem in Catholic schools, the kids are not just being indoctrinated with LGBTQI+ ideology and climate change “emergency” stuff from the government side, they’re also getting it from the woke Vatican. God help those pupils. They’re being denied their heritage, the truths of the Catholic Faith, in the cause of stupid nonsensical ideologies which actually are in opposition to Catholic teaching and what God has revealed about the world – i.e. that he is in charge of it, not Greta Thunberg, LOL!

      December 13, 2022 at 10:22 am
  • Bernie

    The people responsible for allowing Catholic schools to get into such a state that the pupils don’t even know they are obliged to attend Mass, the very basic part of the faith, should be sued silly. They’ll have to face their judgment after this life, of course, but even here below, some parent with the means to do so should sue the Catholic Education Service of Scotland for failing to teach their children the most basic rules of the faith.

    December 13, 2022 at 10:54 am

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