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Friday, September 04, 2009

"Come Home"... to what?

The lead article is yesterday's SunTimes (9/3/09) was about a 1.3 million dollar publicity campaign being planned by the Chicago, Joliet, and Rockford dioceses.,CST-NWS-cath03.article With a TV and advertisement blitz, bishops hope to reawaken the faith in the 75% of Catholics who don't go to Mass regularly. While inviting these inactive Catholics to "come home" for Christmas, the bishops overlook the reason why they may have left in the first place - or were driven away.

Why would they come back to the same old place they left in the first place? If the homilies were boring or irrelevant, if they felt unwelcome because they were divorced and remarried, used birth control, were gay, felt women were degraded, etc., has the Church really changed? Many bishops still wouldn't accept them at the altar rail. Boston Cardinal O'Malley had to defend himself from other conservative Catholics for not only permitting a Catholic funeral for Ted Kennedy, but for participating even marginally.

I think the Church needs to show some good will effort to meet people halfway.

Ironically, while Creasters (Christmas and Easter attenders) get the guilt complex to go for the holiday, everyone (especially regular attendees) gets put out because the churches are busting at the seams for the holiday. People in their holiday best clothes are herded into hot gym Masses with poor acoustics and minimal music. because the church is over crowded. Not a pleasant experience for anyone.


At 10:43 PM, Blogger tinita said...

If the Church shows nothing interest as a servant to God then no people will believe them. The people will not be disgrace if the Church has a good example.

(tfi) the family international


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