The Roman Catholic diocese of Albany, NY has been engaged in an evangelization initiative. Bishop Howard Hubbard has been “…writing about social forces and cultural factors in the contemporary milieu which have contributed to the decline of faith practice in the United States.”
In his latest message, Bishop Hubbard writes frankly of a number of ways in which the Roman Catholic church itself may be contributing to the alienation of some Catholics. He names some of the most prominent reasons — sexual abuse by clergy and parish closures — but also names some culprits that often go unseen — anemic parish life, poor preaching, pastoral insensitivity, and a lack of technological savvy.
What do you think of the bishop’s list? Where do we go from here?
H/T: Douglas Bosch, via Fr. James Martin, SJ