Religious Education: Another infiltration attempt
I just had a very interesting "cold call" to my office phone - some lady from A&E/History Channel, peddling a "fabulous set of 8 DVDs complete with adult and youth study guides specificially designed for use in the Catholic Church and Catholic Schools on topics like 'Mary Magdalene: The Hidden Apostle' and 'Holy Secrets: Electing a Pope'" Have to admit that this was a new one in my book, typically I get telemarketers from the big publishing houses or local Christian entertainers.
When I said that to be honest I had not thought very highly of the programming that I had seen on her network channels and how it dealt with the sacred teachings of the Church, her response was, "it's approved by the USCCB - does that help?" To which I responded, "maybe." And she laughed. Well, I suppose, it is funny - that the person who just expressed a qualm regarding how the videos portray the Church now shows hesitation about whether it matters if the conference of bishops approves of it or not. Sad state of affairs that we're in here in AmChurch, huh? At the same time, I have no proof that it is really "approved" by the USCCB, or what exactly "approved" even means to A&E/History Channel.
Anyway, she gave me the website to check out the individual titles (apparently they aren't marketing this "special package" to the public). Here's the video of Mary Magdalene: The Hidden Apostle - take a look. And when you do a search on other religion titles... 'Nuff said. Yikes. Suspicion confirmed.
You know a lot of churches are going to get the same call I did - please do them a favor and send this to them. Spread the word to your fellow DREs, teachers, pastors and anyone else who might need to know about this new tactic.