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Why Catholics Have Failed Our Culture: The Bottom Line Comments

I've had this discussion with Catholic lay leaders and clergy many times in different parts of the country.  Never have I encountered more than a mild protest -- most of the time there is general agreement with the need for parish life to undergo a change in kind, not in degree. In other words, a fundamental conversion that will involve the bishop, chancery staff, clergy, religious, and most of all, the laity.  Continue Reading

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  1. Jerry N
    1 year ago

    Jesus Christ did not teach that one needs enthusiasm or personality or needs to be astute at public relations to enter into His kingdom. He taught that one needs to love God and love his neighbor. Catholics in the US do significantly more charitable works for their non-Catholic neighbors than do Evangelical Protestants, even though there are more Evangelicals than there are Catholics in total numbers.

    Love of God is harder to measure than love of neighbor, but one way to measure it is in the numbers attending Sunday Mass or services. About 35 million Catholics go to Mass every Sunday in the US and this number dwarfs any single Protestant denomination's Sunday service attendance.

    Deal Hudson also rates US Catholics as failing in their "influence" compared to Evangelical Protestants. I would say that the network of Catholic schools, hospitals, universities, orphanages, charities, etc. is drastically more "influential" in more peoples lives than all the organizations of all the Protestant churches combined.

    The main area of failure by Catholics in the US is failure to draw attention to themselves for all the great work they are doing for their fellow man out of their love of God.

  2. Jesse Coleman
    1 year ago

    I just joined the church this past easter and yes I see what you are saying. I think one of the problems is the devout catholics are there for a deep communion with jesus so the lack of fervor seems to be overlooked for a quiet contemplation wtih jesus. now, im still very new and dont know many people except for the monks because i work at their monastery. this quiet contemplation and prayer (which the liturgy is one great prayer) seems to be welcomed as a place of refuge for the devout and i dont know for certain because i havnt talked to many yet but they all seem ok with this, however maybe amongst the youth there is an energy waiting to be released. I attend st. benedicts abbey church in atchion kansas which is the church that holds mass for all the college stuents at benedictine college. im 29 and going back to college there this fall so hopefully i wont get discouraged and i will stay open and meet as many students who attend mass that i can and see what kind of answers i find. They have a sunday night mass with much more student involvement and it is the most lively mass. somehow this liveliness needs to be bought our to the parishes. yes the bishops and priest will have to be completely on board with any changes because the changes will start with them and their ok. I think for so long the clergy have felt like they needed to protect this sacred gift of life that was entrusted to them by jesus that they have gaurded it so tight and closely and what a wonderful job they have done! however, once again the world is changing and in order to keep the faithful and make it more becoming to those looking in maybe some changes, at least in livelines are due. not sure though, they may say "wait and see, jesus' will will be done. He will guide his church together." and right they would be. so im not sure what the right point of view is. some days im good with the quiet contemplation and some days more energy would be very welcomed. Are we catholics and maybe the orthodox the only ones who have daily service? Maybe the energetic changes are put forth only on sundays. not sure. maybe something like sunday school or letting the children sing some songs would be a few things just to let the children have more exciting memories of participation and they can bond that way. i know in a baptist church as a child those things were always fun. Maybe do some catholic summer camps at a lake for teenagers. i attended those a few summers and have a ton of good memories from those summers and what a great way to meet fellow catholic youth and make friends. i think the youth definitly needs to feel more invigorated. and also know they always have a place for quiet prayer and contemplation either during a week day mass or just praying in a chapel. we all see, i think especially those of us that came from the outside, this completely amazing body of christ full of deep prayers and deep faith from the faithful and a wealth of knowledge and examples from the saihts and devotion to our mother, such tradition; everything this world needs, with the eucharist right at the center! The world needs to see what we see. Why not have a more energetic liturgy (not sure how this can be done) with the amazingly deep communion with jesus during the eucharistic liturgy! I'm on board to help in any way i can.

  3. Andrew
    1 year ago

    My wife is LDS, so I hang out with Mormons before going to Mass. I sit with their priesthood holders and every week they get an "assignment," families they have to go visit. I often think, "how cool would that be," a group of faithful Catholics assigned to people in their parish to visit, give a lesson, pray, and provide fellowship. Or a mentor program, like the one Kelly described about his friend that brought him to the faith, a sort of Big Brother/Big Sisters in Christ.

    I'm posting because a man at work became my spirtual director/friend. He tried a Bible study at work that failed, but we didn' we pray, read scripture, debate, argue, and love Christ. He's my Big Catholic Brother and pray everyone finds one.

  4. rafaelmarie
    1 year ago

    Over 60% of so-called catholics voted for Obama.

    Making it possible tor millions upon millions more of babies being torn apart alive.

    Also for the legalization of national gay marriage.

    Obviously these so-called catholics are in need of either:

    1) Knowing their faith.

    2) Or being predisposed to their faith.

    How can we make this possible?

    We need God's grace.

    Besides the Holy Mass, how can we maximize grace to all Catholics?

    Perpetual Adorations.

    We as Catholics need to go back to the basics before we go off "evangelizing" error.

    We need to turn back to God.


    There is no way in hell that satan can overcome these fountain of graces.


  5. Kevin
    1 year ago

    Change will NEVER come until our Bishops hold pro-baby-killing Catholic politicians accountable. And we all know that will never happen.

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