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Redeemably Awful: A People Ignorant of Christ


St. Jerome famously quipped, “ignorance of the scripture is ignorance of Christ.” Jerome has been accused of hyperbole in other instances, but the urgent pastoral question facing us is whether we ought to take this statement at face value. If we are honest, this means that the majority of Catholics today, including many of those who are reading this article, are ignorant of Christ (did you physically open a bible and read from it in the last week?). Fifty years after Vatican II, the Bible remains a closed book for most Catholics. There are many reasons for this, and a blame game would only serve to add fuel to the fire of Catholic guilt. Our effort would be much better spent in remedying the situation.

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