The Rockville Center (Long Island) diocese has made some changes in its religious-education programs. The nature of these changes is somewhat obscure, at least as the New York Times records them. Bishop William Murphy says that the changes "would not mean a major change in the content of what we offer, which is the teaching of the Church." But the Times discovers several unhappy instructors, including one who fears "a paradigm shift toward the absolute."
While you consider whether religious worship itself might not be considered "a paradigm shift toward the absolute," here’s an entirely different question: Do newspapers like the Times keep a file of disgruntled Catholics who are always ready to make a statement?
Think how world history could have been enriched by the same journalistic approach:
* Moses received ten commandments yesterday on Mount Sinai. A group at the foot of the Mount regretted that they had not been consulted.
* President Lincoln spoke yesterday at Gettysburg. One member of the audience regretted that he said nothing about “dialogue, self-exploration, and the full-fledged participation of women in society.
* Jesus of Nazareth declared yesterday in Galilee that he is the way, the truth, and the life. Caiaphas, the High Priest, regretted what he called “a paradigm shift toward the absolute.”
One thing about good parody is the truth it exposes and in this case I think he is bulls eye accurate. Though at least Moses knew how to deal with dissenters. Not that I wish the earth to swallow dissidents like in Korah’s Rebellion, I do have some ecological sympathies. Well kidding aside here are some other possible reactions.
- At the transfiguration a group shows up demanding equal representation and that Jesus dialogue with some women also "Moses and Elijah only! How about calling up Judith?"
- "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." A blatant case of nepotism!
- "I assure you that unless a man is born from water and from spirit he cannot enter the kingdom of God." A spokesman complained about the use of inclusive language that oppresses women. We are also worried about his asking at women at a well to get him a drink instead of getting it for himself.