. . .‘since the late 16th & early 17th centuries, the Catholic retention strategy has been (a) childhood catechesis & (b) sacramental initiation. 400 years ago, CCD (Confraternity of Christian Doctrine) & the Catholic school system were cutting-edge responses to the crisis of the Protestant Reformation. Setting out to give every Catholic child a solid catechetical background was an extraordinary vision that had never before been attempted. The endeavor was deeply influenced by a Renaissance optimism about the power of education. The assumption was that a carefully nurtured religious identity acquired in childhood would endure throughout life. The Jesuit motto said it all: “Give me a child until he is 7, & I will give you the man”’. . .
. . .with the announcement, the Vatican’s first formal comment on the McCarrick case since the 88 year-old’s resignation from the College, the coming probe will be the 2nd broad internal investigation born from the current storm. Notably, given the prior sense among no shortage of Americans that Rome was reluctant to engage a review of its archives in light of the possibility that successive Popes would be implicated in enabling McCarrick’s rise, today’s move represents a head-on tackling of that criticism. . .