From Fr. Jay Toborowsk
If a football coach tells parents their son needs to memorize plays to be on the team, the parents agree. If a priest tells parents their child needs to memorize prayers or facts about their faith to be a better Catholic, the parents argue.
If a soccer coach tells parents they need to get their child to team practices three times a week, the parents change work schedules and arrange carpools. If a priest tells parents they need to get their child to a practice before a big liturgy, the parents complain.
If a cheerleading coach tells parents that they need to raise money so the team can go to a competition at Disney World, the parents sell candy bars and wash cars. If a priest tells parents that they need to raise money so the altar servers can get new robes, the parents remark that “It’s always about money”.
If a school teacher isn’t pushing his/her students to read and do math beyond their grade level, then he/she isn’t thought to be doing their job. If a religious education program pushes students to know and understand their faith beyond their grade level, then the program is thought to be “unrealistic”.