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The Catholic Church’s Leadership has Several Problems to Address -

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(1) - Cardinal Sarah, the Vatican’s Prefect of Divine Worship, has spoken forcefully about the need to insert more majesty and mystery into the Mass so that Catholics gain a deeper sense of its sacrificial nature. He notes that young adult Catholics increasingly do not believe in the Real Presence. Accordingly there has been a decline in Sunday attendance by younger Catholics.

(2) - The writer Christopher Manion has noted that the American Bishops have countered the drop off in participation by native born young Catholics with aggressive support for illegal immigrants particularly for those from Catholic countries, such as Mexico. Bishops have even aligned themselves with socially liberal, “pro abortion” Democrats who also wished to provide amnesty to these illegal immigrants. Today the majority of young adults who regularly attend Sunday Mass are Hispanics.

(3) - Manion further notes that the priest abuse scandal has drained the coffers of the church and caused many practicing Catholics to cut back on their regular contributions. Accordingly the Church now depends more heavily on government money to keep many of its charities funded.

(4) - Prof Anthony Esolen of Providence College have noted that the full Catholic message a) about the sacrificial nature of the Mass, b) about the doctrine of Real Presence, and 3) about the full meaning of Christ’s Passion and death are lost because of the modern non-realistic art used. This is particularly true of the unrealistic Crucifixes and the abstract renderings of the fourteen stations. He also bemoans the vague, overly generalized, and imprecise lyrics in modern hymns. These fail to covey doctrinal precision and fail to evoke deep emotion in the hearer.

(Note: For more information see these three links: 1) an article on Cardinal Sarah published by The Wanderer explains the crisis that Cardinal Sarah has identified , 2) an article by Christopher Mannion in the Lew Rockwell .com explains the current predicament of America's bishops , and 3) an article by Prof. Anthony Esolan’s published in the Wall Street Journal sets out the decline of art and music in modern American churchs .)

The Church is currently in a downward spiral particularly in Europe, the Middle East, and North America. Of course, Jesus promised the Church would exist until the end of time. However, the Church could become a mere shadow of its current size particularly in the areas where it first matured. Corrective action needs to be taken.

Pope Francis could drive some of these changes, but he seems focused on other issues (e.g. promoting Muslim immigration into Europe, curbing global warming, accepting people in “irregular relationships” to Holy Communion). He evidently is not opposed to more traditional approaches to the liturgy; after all he has issued various approvals for the priests of the conservative Society of Pius X to dispense the sacraments. However, he also permits more liberal bishops to insist of liturgicial standardization and to oppose moves by parish priests to insert more mystery, majesty, and respect for Christ into their Eucharistic celebrations............... (prepared by Hugh Murray on 4/30/2017)

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This page hopes to bring a common sense, old fashioned view to today's news. The comments displayed on this page were prepared by Hugh V. Murray, who can be reached at hvm@aol.com