Thursday, May 23, 2019

Dr. Kwasniewski’s Upcoming Lecture in Chicago: “Of What Use Is a Changing Catechism?”

At the monthly Forum Luncheon of the Catholic Citizens of Illinois on June 14, 2019, I will be giving a talk entitled “Of What Use Is a Changing Catechism?”

After the 16th-century Council of Trent, Pope St. Pius V promulgated the first official catechism of the Roman Catholic Church. In 1992, Pope John Paul II promulgated a new Catechism of the Catholic Church, a courageous move in the midst of postconciliar chaos. Yet time has exposed how this Catechism, like the new Missal and the new Lectionary, suffers from notable omissions and anomalies, which might prompt one to ask whether it can serve as a complete guide to what Catholics believe or ought to believe. The question becomes all the more urgent as Pope Francis makes changes to the Catechism that are difficult if not impossible to reconcile with Catholic tradition. Can a catechism serve its function if it is subject to perpetual revision according to the reigning pontiff's personal opinions? If a catechism isolates itself in contradiction to hundreds of earlier catechisms, has it any value?

The event is held at the Union League Club of Chicago, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, and begins at 11:45 am. Tickets are $40; the Club requires business attire. To register, call Maureen at 708-352-5834 or use this link.

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