"In our time, in which the Faith in many places seems like a light in danger of being snuffed out forever, the highest priority is to make God visible in the world and to open to humanity a way to God. And not to any god, but to the God who had spoken on Sinai; the God whose face we recognize in the love borne to the very end (cf. Jn 13:1) in Jesus Christ, crucified and risen.Further to the controversy over the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School, the parents have distributed a leaflet in the various parishes where they attend. I say "various" because, unlike most Catholic Schools, the Vaughan takes families from many parishes and uses not geography but practice of the Faith as entrance criteria. (You can read the contents of the leaflet here at James Preece's blog.) What a novel idea - you are able to go top a catholic school not beacuse you happen to live nearby (regardless of faith issues) but because you are a catholic who practices their Faith and is involved in their parish. How revolutionary!
Dear brothers and sisters, worship Christ the Lord in your hearts (cf. 1 Pet 3:15)! Do not be afraid to talk of God and to manifest without fear the signs of Faith, letting the light of Christ shine in the presence of the people of today, just as the Church which gives birth to humanity as the family of God sings on the night of the Easter Vigil."
Benedict XVI, FATIMA, Portugal, MAY 12, 2010
What particularly drew my attention are the following two points:
The Diocese of Westminster has forced schools such as The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School (CVMS) to drop from their admission criteria the requirement for parents to present their children for the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confession.
Practising Catholic families question why this requirement of Canon Law has not been insisted upon by the Diocese.
Coming to the Sacraments is who we are, it is what sustains our faith, builds it up, nourishes it and it is the Sacraments that, when approached faithfully, are guaranteed by Our Lord as the easiest means to get to Heaven (which is why He left them to His Church). It is because they are so important to our spiritual health and because coming to them is the greatest pastoral assistance any priest can minister to another that the Church in its laws insists we come to Mass EVERY SUNDAY. Why are so many in the Church so afraid to say this to people in these days? This is who we are. Why are we afraid to tell people who we are?