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Bishop Olmsted speaks on abortion excommunication, Arizona immigration law

October 12, 2010

In a wide-ranging Catholic World Report interview, Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix speaks about the extraordinary form of the Mass, the Arizona immigration law, the automatic excommunication of a Catholic hospital administrator complicit in an abortion, the deficient catechesis of the last 40 years, and recent improvements in seminary formation.


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  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - Oct. 12, 2010 10:36 PM ET USA

    Sound religious education is the basis for undoing all the harm done in recent years to our children - and the courageous leadership of Bishops like Thomas Olmsted and truly Catholic parents.

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Oct. 12, 2010 7:38 PM ET USA

    To say that our catechesis of the young has been weak is a huge understatement. It has been dreadful! Color,cut,and paste---pumpkins, turkeys, Christmas trees, and make Rosaries out of jelly beans, cheerios, and gumdrops is what it has been. Also, as one Religious Ed commander told us volunteer teachers, "The recipe for a successful Religious Ed program is 'Fun, Food, and Friends.'" Needless to say, the kids didn't know their prayers, hadn't been to confession in years, and knew nothing.