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Who Will Lead the Fight to Catholicize the Summer Reading Lists at Catholic High Schools?
The Culture of Life Review ^ | 3/28/2014 | Brother Decan

Posted on 03/28/2014 5:07:59 PM PDT by Diago

Last summer, Carl E. Olson at Catholic World Report, exposed the horrendous state of Catholic high school summer reading lists by highlighting one particularly smutty and ludicrously vulgar novel assigned to incoming freshmen at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland.  And St. Ignatius wasn't alone - a quick google search revealed that dozens of other Catholic schools had assigned the same poorly written piece of garbage. 

We really don't want to revisit here all the gratuitously lewd, crude and lascivious passages in this very unfortunates selection for teen reading. But for purposes of background and so that others can grasp the gravity of the problem at hand, we encourage readers to review Carl Olsen's important article in Catholic World Report, Why do some Catholic schools require students to read lousy, vulgar books?, the Cardinal Newman Society Report on the situation,   "Jesus Burpeth" is Catholic School Required Reading?, and the College Fix article, Catholic Schools Assign Vulgar Books As Required Reading.    There is also an interesting insider's account at Est Quod Est, Eternal Vigilance.

It is simply a fact that most Catholic high school summer reading lists contain drivel and frequently anti-Catholic drivel.  So what do we do?  Olson's article last year created a minor stir in Catholic blogoshere last year (here, here, and here), but it is doubtful that many Catholic parents are aware of the problem and it is likely that Catholic students will once again be assigned to read garbage this summer. 

It is time to fight back.

Can one obscure Catholic blog like ours make a difference?  We don't really care.  We are simply fighting back because it is the right things to do.  If you would like to help as well, because it is the right thing to do, we have a couple of ideas.

One of the saddest and most mystifying aspects of this whole thing is that Catholic students are being assigned to read drivel when there is such a rich treasure trove of Catholic literature out there.  As Olson noted last summer:


If I was a parent whose child was required to read that book, I would have some questions for the English teacher, beginning with this one: "Have you never heard of Ignatius Press?" And, as a follow-up: "Or of the Ignatius Critical Editions?
Why would a Catholic school not assign a summer reading list chock full of inspirational books about the lives of Catholic saints and heroes?  In twenty lifetimes, one couldn't read all the great Catholic books out there.  Do Catholic schools really prefer books about cynical perverted punks over The Ear of the Heart: An Actess' Journey from Hollywood to Holy Vows or Father Damien and the Bells?

If you have a child or grandchild at a Catholic high school, don't wait any longer.  Most high schools have their reading lists on their website.  Review the list for questionable material.  Contact their high school today with some suggestions.  Ask why more Catholic books are not included.  And it bears repeating, provide them directly with a list of wonderfully positive and inspirational books about Catholic saints and heroes. 


And how about adding a prolife book or two to Catholic school summer reading lists?  The Hand of God: A Journey from Death to Life by the Abortion doctor who changed his mind, Dr. Bernard Nathanson, is a gripping page turner that should be a must read for every high school student.

We at The Culture of Life Review would love to see  Priests for Life, Human Life International, American Life League, National Right to Life, Life Dynamics, or even Lila Rose and her great organization Live Action help promote this cause.  And how about the fast growing and tremendously energetic organization Students for Life ? What a great cause for them to pursue. We urge these outstanding prolife organizations to publish their own summer reading lists for students and to get these lists into the hands of decision makers at Catholic high schools.  A truly low cost way to win hearts and minds.

This battle will not be won over night.  Please pray that all Catholic schools will realize the importance of their mission and begin to pass on the Faith to our children.





 


TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events
KEYWORDS: brotherdecan; catholicliterature; catholicschools; cleveland; oh; ohio; stignatiushighschool; summerreading; summerreadinglist
One of the saddest and most mystifying aspects of this whole thing is that Catholic students are being assigned to read drivel when there is such a rich treasure trove of Catholic literature out there.
1 posted on 03/28/2014 5:07:59 PM PDT by Diago
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To: Pyro7480; Salvation; markomalley; marshmallow; NYer; don-o; livius; savagesusie; Cicero; NKP_Vet; ..
One of the saddest and most mystifying aspects of this whole thing is that Catholic students are being assigned to read drivel when there is such a rich treasure trove of Catholic literature out there.
2 posted on 03/28/2014 5:23:17 PM PDT by Diago
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To: Diago

Just reading G.K. Chesterton. Such a profound Catholic author!

A book, “Sex Education: the Final Plague” pretty much outlines who took over Catholic “education” after VII at the National Level in the USA-—to undermine and destroy the moral integrity of Catholic children and destroy their understanding of Catholic Theology.

It is intentional.....the corrupt curricula. We just have to return to the Classical Education prior to the 50s. Where Catholic schools are returning to the Classical curricula, excellence is returning in the “thinking” of our children.

Common Core and all the Progressive ideology (social justice) (Marxism) HAS to be ejected.


3 posted on 03/28/2014 5:23:55 PM PDT by savagesusie (Right Reason According to Nature = Just Law)
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To: savagesusie

I do not intend this to be a rant. In the interest of full disclosure I will say I do not have cable, I have little interest in modern movies and my children attended a Christian school. Why is it that Christians (Catholic or not) easily send their children to learn from a godless system, continue to use television which by and large mocks Christian values, do not discourage their children from attending or watching modern movies that disparage anything good or godly, or allow their children to be exposed intentionally to things they already know are damaging. How can we continue to put our hand in the fire and expect not to get burned? We know the defintion of insanity and are experiencing it.


4 posted on 03/28/2014 5:37:27 PM PDT by taterjay
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To: Diago

We have a couple of lame books on here, but this is the list from our Spiritual Book Club.

July 8, 2013 Mother Angelica: The Remarkable Story of a Nun, Her Nerve and a Network of Miracles by Raymond Arroyo

August 12, 2013 Odd Thomas: An Odd Thomas Novel by Dean Koontz

September 9, 2013 The Harbinger by Jonathon Cahn

October 14, 2013 Saint Francis of Assisi by G. K. Chesterton

November 11, 2013 The Father’s Tale by Michael O’Brien

December 9, 2013 How to Listen When God Is Speaking by Father Mitch Pacwa

January 13, 2014 Disciple by E. G. Lewis (book 2 of the Seeds of Christianity series)

February 10, 2014 For Greater Glory: The True Story of the Cristiada, The Cristero War and Mexico’s Struggle for Religious Freedom by Ruben Quezada

March 10, 2014 40 Days for Life: Discover What God Has Done…Imagine What He Can Do by David Bereit and Shawn Carney

April 14, 2014 Characters of the Passion by Bishop Fulton J. Sheen

May 12, 2014 Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth

June 9, 2014 Murder in the Vatican by Ann Margaret Louis


5 posted on 03/28/2014 5:45:10 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Must confess that I did not read the Dean Koontz book.


6 posted on 03/28/2014 5:46:05 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: taterjay
How can we continue to put our hand in the fire and expect not to get burned?

Its even crazier when folks pay thousands of dollars to get their kids out of godless public schools and a rotting culture only to have their Catholic school peddling the same garbage. (There of course exceptions.)

7 posted on 03/28/2014 5:54:15 PM PDT by Diago
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To: Diago

St Augustine rules it.


8 posted on 03/28/2014 5:56:12 PM PDT by Ted Grant
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To: savagesusie
Just

Exactly. I went to Catholic schools for 16 years and didn't discover Chesterton until my mid-twenties. What a crime!

9 posted on 03/28/2014 5:56:59 PM PDT by Diago
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To: Diago

Haven’t many catholic schools adopted common core ?


10 posted on 03/28/2014 6:01:14 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: GeronL

I know a few of the better bishops have come out against Common care, but then there is this from Cleveland.

From the Diocese of Cleveland website:

http://www.ocfecleveland.org/index.php/teachers/common-core-home

The Office of Catechetical Formation and Education (OCFE) supports the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Initiative adopted by Ohio, forty-four other states, the District of Columbia, four territories and the Department of Defense Education Activity. The mission of this initiative clearly states “the standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers.”* The shift to the CCSS is motivated by the need to make sure that American students are better prepared to successfully compete in a world economy that affects the lives of all.


11 posted on 03/28/2014 6:07:30 PM PDT by Diago
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To: Ted Grant
The Confessions of St. Augustine is well within the grasp of any high school student. And there is some neat philosophy in it, too!
12 posted on 03/28/2014 6:28:53 PM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: taterjay

It’s a good question. Some parents are lazy and some parents are overworked and too tired to supervise properly.

You know, if you have tv and cable, you can watch many wonderful cultural things. TCM - the classic film network - is an education in culture, beauty and the American way. ME TV has the most wholesome and hilarious American sitcoms and westerns available. But you have to keep track of the best of cable and ignore the networks. Trouble is, the parents have no interest in black and white movies or films made before 1995. They have no interest in the Andy Griffith Show or F Troop or Leave it to Beaver. Sad.


13 posted on 03/28/2014 6:35:22 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: 17th Miss Regt

I first read it in high school. You’re 100% right. Augustine’s journey is extraordinary.


14 posted on 03/28/2014 6:36:59 PM PDT by Ted Grant
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To: Ted Grant
Another thought might be Murder in the Cathedral. Gives dramatic insight as to the strains between a king (the state) and the bishop (the church).
15 posted on 03/28/2014 6:42:14 PM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: Diago

Summer reading list. What a quaint idea!


16 posted on 03/28/2014 6:52:11 PM PDT by iowamark (I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy)
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To: Diago

Any Michael O’Brien books would be excellent too.

I’ve read Theophilus — story about St. Luke, written in a fiction format, but with lots of biblical back up.

Father Elijah gives you a peek into the end times.


17 posted on 03/28/2014 6:54:34 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: All
A Biblical Walk Through the Mass by Edward Sri (Book Review) [Ecumenical]

A Biblical Walk Through the Mass (Book): Understanding What We Say and Do In The Liturgy

18 posted on 03/28/2014 6:55:23 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Diago

Any Scott Hahn book.


19 posted on 03/28/2014 6:55:40 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Diago

For some reason we Christians like to expose ourselves to the spiritual diseases of this world. Increasingly our Christian leaders are making sure to expose us.


20 posted on 03/28/2014 7:00:18 PM PDT by taterjay
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To: Salvation

Hahn’s stuff is great


21 posted on 03/28/2014 7:06:00 PM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Salvation

There are so many emerging Catholic apostolates, authors, publishing companies that would really get a deserving boost if the huge market of Catholics schools would start purchasing authentically Catholic books from them and resources from them. I really hope this picks up some steam.


22 posted on 03/28/2014 7:09:55 PM PDT by Diago
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To: taterjay
For some reason we Christians like to expose ourselves to the spiritual diseases of this world. Increasingly our Christian leaders are making sure to expose us.

It is crazy. Defund those who are promoting things contrary to God's will and promote and fund those who are doing God's will.

23 posted on 03/28/2014 7:12:48 PM PDT by Diago
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To: Diago

Perhaps we all need to contact our local Catholic School and ask for the Summer Reading List.

Then offer our own.


24 posted on 03/28/2014 7:17:59 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

I agree. I think the key is to offer alternatives in a friendly, positive and enthusiastic way.


25 posted on 03/28/2014 7:28:54 PM PDT by Diago
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To: Diago

I didn’t,I just called and said my kids are not reading that .I chose different books and they left us alone.


26 posted on 03/28/2014 7:51:30 PM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: fatima
I didn’t,I just called and said my kids are not reading that .I chose different books and they left us alone.

Oh, I agree. When it comes to my own kids they would never read such garbage. But we are talking about something bigger. And that is changing the culture for the hundreds of other kids in the school whose parents just don't pay attention to such things. Trying get the great books into their hands. Trying to change their hearts and minds through great Catholic literature. It is a challenge. But it is a battle worth fighting.

27 posted on 03/28/2014 8:03:47 PM PDT by Diago
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To: Diago

Go for it-Prayers ((((Hugs))))


28 posted on 03/28/2014 8:15:32 PM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: miss marmelstein

“Some parents are lazy and some parents are overworked and too tired to supervise properly.”

There is more to monitor and oversee for sure. Parents have always been overworked, but you used to be able to at least have peace in the home. Now if it is not TV, it is computer, the phone, the radio or Ipod. No peace and parents must be on top of it all. Then when the kids are out, they are indoctrinated in school. Not a positive picture.


29 posted on 03/28/2014 8:21:23 PM PDT by taterjay
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To: Diago

Needs proofreading.


30 posted on 03/29/2014 6:43:22 AM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: Diago

Any or all of the books of Dr Thomas a Dooley III.

I went on a few MedCap ops among the Vietnamese populace and always thought of him in that process.


31 posted on 03/29/2014 10:01:28 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Diago

A great reading list here:

http://www.staycatholic.com/reading_list.htm


32 posted on 03/30/2014 9:56:21 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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