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CATHOLICS AMONG THE
can support classroom work in comparative religion studies. It
offers a personal view of everyday Catholics living, working and
praying among a majority Mormon population in Utah.
students research in the two faiths, try approaching the
comparison of Catholicism and Mormonism through these topics:
1. History and tradition
trace its roots back to the days of Jesus life on earth,
and even further to Judaism? Is there a common Catholic/Protestant
history and tradition? Has the Catholic Church maintained a consistent
leadership throughout its history? For a list of reliable sources,
go to http://www.AmericanCatholic.org/About/
and click on Related Catholic
the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
See http://www.lds.org/ for
the official Mormon Web page. It offers a history of the church,
Joseph Smith, and its sacred writings. How far back can you trace
it? Is there a consistent leadership? Is it different from that
of Catholicism? Try a Net search under Book of Mormon
to find text and history of Mormonisms sacred books.
How does the Catholic Church evangelize, or attract new members?
Can you cite specific methods of bringing its message to new believers?
Do liturgy and prayer play a role in evangelizing? How about service
to those in need? For example, see http://www.paa2000.com
for the Pastoral Arts Association of North America. Also check
out the Catholic Worker home page at http://www.catholicworker.org/roundtable.
Or take a look at a profile
of the late Mother Teresa. There is a Mother
Teresa tribute on this site, AmericanCatholic.org, as well.
What evangelizing approaches do the Mormons use? Besides information
in the article, try also reading Kingdom Come in Time
magazine, August 4, 1997, vol. 150, no. 5. You can find it on
the Net through http://www.pathfinder.com/.
See the letters to the editor responding to the article, in the
August 25 issue, to get a personal response to Times
article. What kind of charitable work does the Mormon church do?
3. The role of Christ
Discuss Jesus role in the lives of Catholics. How do we
characterize JesusSon of God, friend, brother, role model,
support, source of life...? Why do we talk about Jesus as a sign
of contradiction in the world? Is there a Christian value to suffering
and pain, to a lack of acceptance in the world?
How does this compare with a Mormons view of Jesus? Using
the articles in St. Anthony Messenger and in Time,
describe Jesus as a Mormon would. Talk about the Time discussion
of the Mormons struggle for acceptance in this country.
Is material success really a sign of virtue, as Time suggests?
Is there a comparison to European Catholic immigrants who came
to America and tried to assimilate to this countrys ways?
Personal acceptance of faith:
The St. Anthony Messenger article talks of Mormons evangelizing
young people. A Utahn Catholic tells the author how the Mormons
strong efforts in evangelizing create resistance among Catholics,
to the point of not wanting to evangelize on their own behalf.
In Family Life or general religion classes, a discussion of how
we come to our faith may supplement class and text material.
1. Discuss what presently attracts you to faith and belief. Or
what would attract you to a life of faith? Brainstorm the idea
with your class. Possible reasons may be:
- someone else evangelizing you?
- coming to faith by personal invitation?
- a role model or the real life example of someone? Who could
that someone be?
- the direct influence of parents or teachers?
- your own research into religious subjects?
- growing up in a religious family or environment?
- a predominantly passive acceptance of beliefs?
- a deeply personal experience, such as a tragic loss of a loved
one, prayer, or a retreat?
2. Mormons and Catholics seem to have a common interest in building
temples or cathedrals as symbols of their faith. Both faiths have
extensive wealth in real estate and other investments. Does this
serve a genuine need for gathering and worship? Does it attract
believers? Discuss worship as a way of attracting/strengthening
believers. Assembling believers in liturgy and prayer can be a
powerful motivating force. Do Catholicism and Mormonism have anything
in common in this regard?
3. Your students might also try contacting teens in other parishes
to discuss the path to personal faith. Through http://www.paa2000.com,
you can find links to Catholic parishes with Web sites. Try also
http://www.ocp.org for links
to other parishes with Web sites.
Pope John Paul II addressed Christian youth at World Youth Day,
held in Paris this past August. His addresses can be accessed
by going to the Vaticans official Web site, http://www.vatican.va
and then searching on the words World Youth Day.
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articles contained within the sites archives.
The New York Times
The Los Angeles Times
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The Chicago Tribune
The Washington Post
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