Sunday, April 24, 2005

Young Heretics Don't Like New Pope

A report from the Catholic University in Belgium in Saturday's NYT.

"In practice, we do what we want," said Florence Druart, a 33-year-old Belgian student. "We live freely. We follow our consciences. We don't want to hear any more about sin, about the woman who has gone astray, about the man who has been thrown out of the church. Will this pope speak to us in a new language? Or is he just going to bring us his same conservatism?"
Pavils Jarans, a 24-year-old Latvian student, "The image that I have of Pope Benedict is that he's the guard dog of the church, very rigid, very intellectual," he said. "I don't really see how he's going to solve the problems of the church."

Well, that's pretty rough considering that they are theology students. But what kind of theology? A poll of students three years ago "found that 83 percent of the students described the church as paralyzed, in crisis or dying. Only 16 percent said they believed in the resurrection of Christ, 12 percent in the Holy Trinity and 11 percent in the virginity of Mary."

I'm no theologian or church scholar but aren't those core teachings, central beliefs of Christianity? The Resurrection? The Trinity? If they don't believe in those teachings what kind of theology are they studying?