Is “Alpha” Just Another Lousy Catechesis Program for Catholics?

The “Alpha program for Catholics‘ is yet another pathetic excuse for a program to “help the youth have a more personal relationship with Jesus.” Never-mind teaching them the Catholic Faith in simple, easy, and plain explanations like in the Baltimore Catechism. Oh no; instead of learning about Christ we need to love Him first…  How do we love someone who do not know!? This is impossible. Here is a Catholic evaluation of the Alpha Program that you can read.

As Catholics we have a major responsibility – and we are failing miserably.  Aside from the fact that we are decided for ourselves what WE think is right and wrong (see, “Catholic’s and modesty” for one example), but we also deem ourselves wise enough (and have the authority… ) to reject the teachings of whatever Cardinal when they talk about things we do not want to do. (NOTE: Of course when it comes to prelates who are NOT preaching what the Church teaches then we have a right to not listen. But we must know our faith inside and out to be able to make these decisions.) There is so much more than can be said about this but that is all I am going to write this time.

Now, read what Cardinal Burke; a very CATHOLIC Cardinal – has to say about the Alpha Program. Being the  International Director of the Marian Catechist Apostolate we have the duty to listen to what he has to say – I am pretty sure he knows what he is talking about!

Below is copied from this source:


TO: All Members of the Marian Catechist Apostolate

FROM: Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke

International Director of the Marian Catechist Apostolate

SUBJECT: Directive to Marian Catechists regarding the program “ALPHA in a Catholic Context”

DATE: December 3, 2015

It has come to my attention that a program called “ALPHA in a Catholic Context” has been recommended to some Marian Catechists.

Having studied the program, both from the perspective of doctrine and methodology, I must make it clear that the program may not be used, in any form, in the Marian Catechist Apostolate and that Marian Catechists are not to become involved with it.

While, like so many similar programs, ALPHA may seem to offer a more attractive and effective form of evangelization and catechesis, it does not have the doctrinal and methodological foundations required for the teaching of the Catholic Faith. Marian Catechists should continue to use the Catechism of the Catholic Church, together with the courses of the Servant of God Father John A. Hardon, S.J., and my “Commentary on the General Directory for Catechesis.”

I recall to all Marian Catechists the words of Pope Saint John Paul II in his Apostolic Letter “Novo Millennio Ineunte,” regarding those who think that, before the challenge of a new evangelization, the Church needs to discover “some magic formula” or invent a “new program”: “No, we shall not be saved by a formula but by a Person, and the assurance which he gives us: I am with you.”

The saintly Pontiff reminded us that the program by which we are to address effectively the great spiritual challenges of our time is, in the end, Jesus Christ alive for us in the Church. He explained:

The program already exists: It is the plan found in the Gospel and in the living Tradition, it is the same as ever. Ultimately, it has its center in Christ Himself, Who is to be known, loved and imitated, so that in Him we may live the life of the Trinity, and with Him transform history until its fulfillment in the heavenly Jerusalem. This is a program which does not change with shifts of times and cultures, even though it takes account of time and culture for the sake of true dialogue and effective communication. (No. 29)

The Servant of God Father John A. Hardon, S.J., understood profoundly the truth of Pope John Paul II’s words and, through the spiritual and doctrinal formation of the Marian Catechist Apostolate, as he so faithfully and wisely developed it, Marian Catechists understand the same truth and are not allured or deceived by stories of a “magic formula” or a “new program.” In short, Marian Catechists understand that our program is holiness of life which flows from a profound knowledge and ardent love of Christ Who is alive for us in the Church.

Here is more information on the Alpha program; through an educated Catholic perspective.

Until Next time… God bless.



4 thoughts on “Is “Alpha” Just Another Lousy Catechesis Program for Catholics?

  1. Sorry you’ve seen a bad side of Alpha. Here in Minnesota, a huge portion of folks are re-engaging w/ Christ, and growing members of their Church. Many, for a variety of reasons, have missed the Gospel, and are experiencing the mercy of G-d for the first time. Sharing a meal, asking questions, and being encouraged to wrestle w/ heart and intellectual questions are a key! Blessings!


  2. Sorry you’ve missed the point…. it’s portrayed as a sort of Catechism to youth when it doesn’t even have important church teaching. It has been decried as a serious error by many clergy. If you look at the facts and points made its pretty clear.


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