The New Evangelization – Fr. Shori’s Addressed on the Weekend of October 13 – 14, 2012

The New Evangelization

Fr. Shori addressed the topic of the New Evangelization at all the Masses over the weekend of October 13 – 14.  I think this topic is extremely important.  First of all because Jesus’ parting words to us in Mt. 28: 18 – 20 were

“Then Jesus approached and said to them, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”

Secondly, the very title of this web site, Rise to the Level of our Times, requires one that we know what the level of our times is and two that we do what is required to rise to that level.

My post is to invite a conversation about this call for a new evangelization in light of some sober facts of our time.  One of the stunning facts of our times is the mass exodus the Catholic Church in the United States is experiencing.  We have to face the fact that millions of Catholics have left and are leaving the Church; in fact “lapse” Catholics represent the third largest religious group in the United States.  Pew survey shows America’s vast Catholic exodus http://www.catholicculture.org/news/features/index.cfm?recnum=56894

Some Catholic leaders speak of this exodus in terms of a pruning away of those who don’t believe, who were just cultural Catholics; and their leaving the Church is positive.  In this narrative those who remain are the true believers.  These leaders hearken back to the biblical notion to identify those who remain as “The Remnant.”  I couldn’t disagree more strongly with this understanding but where do you stand on these matters.

I would be interested in knowing

  1. Do you personally know a “lapsed” Catholic, someone who no longer identifies themselves as a Catholic?  If yes, what was the reason[s] they gave for their no longer belonging or why do you think they no longer belong?  If you know more than one person and there are different reasons for different persons, please be as concrete as you can while respecting privacy, etc.  In other words, avoid vague generalities … Life is concrete and the events that change our lives have a place, a date, very often a person to them.
  2. Would you share your evaluation of their reasons? Or do you agree or disagree with what they said and why?
  3. Have you read anything concerning the “exodus” of Catholics?  If yes, what and what was your evaluation of your reading?
  4. Comment on your understanding and assessment of Fr. Shori’s remarks.
  5. Finally, if others respond, I would invite you to comment on their remarks as well.

If this topic interests you, click on the “comment” link at the bottom of this post, enter your email address and let others know what you think.

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One Response to The New Evangelization – Fr. Shori’s Addressed on the Weekend of October 13 – 14, 2012

  1. Daniel Russo says:

    Hey Dick Churches are closing ,the priesthood isdwindling ,why? Because the Church has forgotten her first love ,which is CHRIST and bought the lie of evolution and put mans so called sience above GODS WORD . You want a story, I GREW up right here at ST.Anthonys and went to public schools, at church I hear about God and Jesus , and at school I Hear about so called REAL history and science and the 2 dont seem to jive . when I hit about the age of 20 , I Ask myself, how can I BE IN the church all my life and not know if Jesus is real , so Igo thru the Bible,after I get thru the old testament,I GO SO WHAT I AM not JEWISH. But when Iget to the new testament it is like Jesus Himself is talkingto me , and it is John 1;1-14, for Jesus is the Word in the Flesh and John 14;6 Jesus says ‘I AM THE WAY ,THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE, NO ONE COMES TO FATHER ,EXCEPT THRU ME’. So when I read the Bible whether it is Catholic or Protestant, I get he same meaning, for it is the same HOLY SPIRIT. S o after reading the Bible, all that had been taught to me thru the Church, came to light. SO I KNOW THAT THE HISTORY OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND THE BIBLE ARE ONE AND THERE IS NO ERRORS. So when you talk about assumptions and overwhelming evidence there are no science facts for billions or millions of years ,onlyman made theory and opinions. So you may ask what a dumb cement man like me has any business contradicting scientists and theologins, well Paul was a tent maker ,Peter was a fisherman and Jesus was a carpenter. Jesus said in Matt.9;3-6 ‘AT THE BEGINNING OF CREATION GOD MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE’ , NOT BILLIONS OR MILLIONS OR EVEN THOUSANDS OF YEARS LATER BUT AT THE BEGINNING OF CREATION. If the Church is to grow or not it needs to stick to the truth of Gods Word and be a Lighthouse in the world, which is growing darker

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