This is just the thing. Speaking from my experience, the ones who wander are generally the ones who were given all milk one waynor another. Either Bonhoeffer’s “cheap grace” or a dogmatic fundamentalism with inane answers to worldly challenges to the faith.
I’ve found that being a parent is about
learning to embrace your inner hypocrite.
~ Tom Kenny
The word is out from Rod Dreher that “Catholicism is failing in America.” Dreher looked at an interpretation of the recent Pew Research Center report on American religiosity, and he paints a pretty bleak picture. Roman Catholics are already falling behind Evangelicals in terms of conversion and member retention, and within a generation or two we’ll be a sorry minority. “If current trends continue,” Dreher writes, “Catholicism would come very close to collapsing in this country.”
What to do? To the ramparts! Look at the Evangelicals – they’re winning! So, we need more programs! More marketing! More jazzy youth meetings and young adult encounters. Guitar Masses and drums – or no-guitar, no-drum Masses, depending on focus group results. “Become all things to all men,” as Paul modeled, and then some! More internet! More…
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