Growing up, my five older sisters and I were all indoctrinated into the Roman Catholic religion. We all attended Catholic parochial school and high school. I was baptized as an infant and participated in my first confession and first communion in the first grade and was confirmed as a Roman Catholic in fifth grade. Of all the Catholic sacraments, confirmation is probably the least prominent. The Roman church defines confirmation as follows:
“Confirmation is a true sacrament instituted by Christ and different from baptism. It is administered by laying-on of hands and anointing with chrism accompanied by prayer. The chrism is blessed by the bishop and the bishop administers the sacrament. All baptized persons can and should be confirmed. The effect of the sacrament of confirmation is to give strength in faith and for the confession of faith and to impress an indelible character.”
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That word “Indoctrinate”. How deep it goes, especially in the case of young children at their most impressionable age, when they soak up information, right or wrong, like a sponge. Small children don’t have their intellects developed enough to question, they merely accept and take in information as being valid and true. which may or may not be the case.
Indoctrination, or thought reform, is the process of forcibly inculcating ideas, attitudes, cognitive strategies or a professional methodology (see doctrine) by coercion. Conspiring institutions such as police and mental hospitals have been widely used as a modus operandi of indoctrinators.
Some distinguish indoctrination from education, claiming that the indoctrinated person is expected not to question or critically examine the doctrine they have learned. As such the term may be used pejoratively or as a buzz word, often in the context of political opinions, theology, religious dogma or anti-religious convictions. The term is closely linked to socialization; however, in common discourse, indoctrination is sometimes associated with negative connotations, while socialization refers to cultural or educational learning.
Thanks so much, Scarlett! All praise to Him Who led us from bondage to redemption!
I can’t get enough of Tom’s great blog! I would invite all to go there and get some insight into the “inside doings” of the Roman Catholic Church, and has come out of it, free in Christ. The “evangelical” church, if you will, has many problems of it’s own in this day and age, what with the great apostasy evident, but the truth is out there, in the Holy Bible , for all who seek to know it, and to KNOW the Lord Jesus Christ in Spirit and in Truth.