Website Review: Blest Are We Site on which this review was based: http://www.blestarewe.com
This well-designed site is the online presence of the widely-used catechetical series, Blest Are We. The series is published by RCL Benziger, a division of CFM Religion Publishing Group. It was acquired from Silver Burdett Ginn in 2007.
The focus of Blest Are We may be summed up as follows: community, service and social justice. The program aims to "respect diversity, working for social justice on a global scale and teaching effective skills of dialogue, negotiation and non-violent ways to bring about change." So much damage is done through bad catechesis. We recommend fighting to keep programs like these out of our Churches.
Originally reviewed by Marianna Bartold of Keeping It Catholic ('Blessed Are We' - A New Red Flag). (Series changed the name to "Blest Are We")
A lengthy critique from Aquinas and More Catholic Goods can be found here. Also in the Religious Education Critique section use the search engine to look for Blest are We for other results about this program.
Review Ratings what do these ratings mean?
First Evaluated: 10/16/2004; Last Updated: 10/16/2012
- Fidelity: Danger!
- Resources: Fair
- Useability: Excellent
- Good saints section Resources
- Fidelity: Undermines the Church's teaching on Baptism Example(s)
- Fidelity: Incorrect definition of the Church and Apostles Creed Example(s)
- Fidelity: The Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Sacrament of the Sick and the Dying are improperly presented. Example(s)
- Fidelity: The Mass is treated as a meal rather than a sacrifice and the Real Presence is not acknowledged. Example(s)
- Fidelity: Confusion on the divinity of Christ and promotion of religious indifferentism Example(s)
- Fidelity: Questionable section on Islam Example(s)
- Fidelity: Rev. Richard Fragomeni, whose specialties include Tarot cards, New Age, seances and a particular fondness for Cardinal Mahony’s GFT Letter, is one of the authors of this series. Example(s)
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