Monday, March 27, 2017

USCCB and the RCIA "Program": Really?

Monday greetings. Cool and soggy in the Midwest; looking forward to seeing the sun!

I just received a rather odd email from the USCCB. The subject line reads: "Assess and Improve Your RCIA Program." Of course I bristled at the labeling of the RCIA as a "program," especially from our bishops' conference. But I was intrigued as well, wondering what kind of new RCIA resource the bishops are releasing. It was even more surprising when I opened the email and found an image of the cover of Journey to the Fullness of Life."

Beneath the image were these words: "A report on the strengths and weaknesses as well as areas for growth of the RCIA program in the United States." Then, of course, the yellow "Order Now" button.

Apparently the publishing arm of the conference is trying to get rid of some back titles. The email should have explained that this "report" was based on a study done in 1997 and released in the year 2000. So the information gathered is twenty years old and the report is seventeen years old. A bit of false advertising, if you ask me. Sure, there are still some useful things in the report, but if someone thinks this is new information, they are in for a rude awakening. The USCCB should know better, or at least warn potential readers.

Monday morning rant now concluded; thanks for listening.

Gotta sing. Gotta pray.

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