Readers tell me this program has made the rounds in the Archdiocese of Boston.
This," Byrnes asserted, "really reflects the genius of something like Alpha ... We're giving really just the essentials, and it's not Protestant essentials, it's not even Orthodox essentials, it's not Catholic essentials — it's the essentials of being a Christian."
In other words, Catholic essentials are not "the essentials of being a Christian."
I wonder if this is the program that defined the Blessed Trinity as "Two men with beards and a bird"?! When I heard about it, I remember calling the evangelization office to tell them what they should already know and they told me the program was 'meeting people where they're at'.
If people are signing up for catechetical programs, they're not doing to it remain 'where they're at' - they're trying to kick 'where they're at' up a few notches.
Nobody this side of the moon wants to hear that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is two men with beards and a bird.