THE VORTEX: THE PARISH OF WHAT’S HAPPENIN’ NOW? – The answer is anything but Catholicism!
November 13, 2017DOWNLOAD THE AUDIO
As the U.S. bishops meet today in Baltimore for one of their twice-a-year meetings, it’s a good thing to look at the growing chasm between the leaders and the laity and what, if anything, can be done about it. First, the lived-out life of Catholicism, life on the ground in the trenches, is for the normal, everyday Catholic lived out at the parish level. This is where they “meet the Church,” so to speak, at weekly intervals in their lives.
So, what’s happening on the parish level is the experience common to Catholics and that which they most readily identify as “normal.” Bear in mind, of course, that by the term “most Catholics” we mean of the one in five who actually still go to Mass in the U.S. The other four in five have next to nothing to do with the Church, and four out of five of these four out of five tell pollsters they will never come back. For those not so quick with arithmetic, that’s a whopping two thirds who have left who will never return.