Oh, yippee! Doesn't that sound hifalutin? So what or who are we allegedly "encountering"? That is the mystery.
Unfortunately that question isn't answered at all by this announcement that appears on the website of the Archdiocese of Washington. The students of Archbishop Carroll High School are to be the first
guinea pigs participant of (trumpets and drum roll, please) New Scholas Occurrentes Washington DC Chapter!
On Thursday May 20th, they will be engaging in a live videoconference with the pope as he trots out this latest
stunt initiative. The event is closed to the public (does that include parents of the students as well?) but it appears that we can follow it on that youtube link.
Here is the website of Scholas. The main page rotates through a number of scenes. One scene contains a quote from the pope, which is really quite telling. It starts with "our utopia, that of all who forms Scholas". Utopia? Ladies and gentlemen, this is not Catholic thought! Any talk of "utopia" is rooted in masonry, socialism, humanism, any false doctrine that has its focus on the present world and has absolutely no consideration of eternal life.
Speaking of matters of eternity, I searched that website and found no mention of the words "God", "Christ", "salvation", "heaven". If anyone finds such mention, please advise via a comment. But should one have to go on a treasure hunt on an ostensibly Catholic site to see any mention of God?
Here we have some blather about the "university of meaning". Pardon the pun, but I have no idea what that means. All that talk about the "unknown" sounds dangerous, as God Himself is not "unknown". He has made Himself known in the Scriptures, teachings of the Church throughout the centuries and the Sacraments. Therein lies any authentic "encounter". These suggestions that we search for the "unknown" may make the unsuspecting young person vulnerable to spiritual dangers, even those of demonic origin. By the way - for those of us who watched the original Star Trek series, that emboldened blurb from the pope sounds a lot like William Shatner's opening monologue at the start of the episodes, doesn't it?
I'd love to study this, but it all sounds like verbose mush. And that's what will happen to any remains of Christianity that any participant will have. It is a bunch of wordy vacuity - at least on the page. I suspect as people are drawn into all this mumbo-jumbo, the real poison (whatever variety that might be) will be unleashed on them. Let's watch this one, too.
HT - Canon 212