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Mon Nov 26, 2012, 08:57 PM

"Hiding the Church’s Treasure" by E.J. Dionne, Jr. at Truth Dig

Hiding the Church’s Treasure

By E.J. Dionne, Jr. at Truth Dig

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/hiding_the_churchs_treasure_20121125/

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One surprising result in Baltimore was the refusal to endorse a vague statement on the economy after the document came under attack from more progressive bishops for failing to deal adequately with inequality, the rights of unions and poverty. Rarely does a document reach the floor of the conference and then fail to win the two-thirds majority necessary for approval. Something is stirring.

There are also influential bishops who now want to work with the Obama administration to secure a compromise on the contraception mandate under the health care law. This too would be a positive break with the recent past and the president should seize the opportunity. He can provide contraception coverage while building on the adjustments he has already made in the mandate to accommodate the church’s legitimate conscience concerns. And there’s nothing that should stop the bishops from cooperating with the administration and other progressives on behalf of immigration reform.

But above all, the bishops need to learn what I’ll call the St. Francis de Sales lesson. A church looking to halt defections among so many younger Catholics should understand that casting itself as a militantly right-wing political organization—which, face it, is what some of the bishops are doing—clouds its Christian message. Worse, the church seems to be going out of its way to hide its real treasure: the extraordinary examples of generosity and social reconstruction visible every day in parishes such as St. Francis and in the homeless shelters, schools, hospices and countless other Catholic entities all over the nation.

Politics divides Catholics. The works of mercy bring us together and also show the world what the power of faith can achieve.

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applegrove Nov 2012 OP
Angry Dragon Nov 2012 #1
roody Nov 2012 #2
DonCoquixote Nov 2012 #3
trotsky Nov 2012 #4
Fortinbras Armstrong Nov 2012 #5
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Mon Nov 26, 2012, 09:17 PM

1. .............

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Mon Nov 26, 2012, 09:21 PM

2. The Vatican just dismissed Roy

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Bourgeois, a priest, because he fights for the ordination of women.

More at http://www.soaw.org

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Mon Nov 26, 2012, 10:10 PM

3. of lamps and treasures

http://bible.cc/matthew/5-15.htm


Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.

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Tue Nov 27, 2012, 09:03 AM

4. "secure a compromise on the contraception mandate"?

What's to compromise on? Either women get contraception coverage, or they don't. The "compromise" here will be the RCC complying with the LAW, period.

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Tue Nov 27, 2012, 09:24 AM

5. One major reason that the Church is declining in Europe

is that it is aligned with rightist politics. Pope Pius XII, for example, openly supported the Christian Democrats -- then a center-right party -- in Italy. To be a practicing Catholic in France, for example, is seen as an explicit statement of political conservatism.

The American bishops should heed that warning.

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Response to Fortinbras Armstrong (Reply #5)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 10:33 AM

6. It's happening here, too.

Drop in on an ordinary Sunday mass at a neighborhood Catholic Church. See the empty pews and little knots of mass-goers? There's also a growing shortage of priests these days and many dioceses are shutting down parish churches for economic reasons and consolidating parishes. They're even importing priests from other countries in some areas, just to have someone to preside over Mass.

The RCC is rapidly losing relevance and members who dislike the conservative leanings are finding other churches that are more amenable to odd ideal like equality and things like that.

If the trend continues, it will become more and more apparent that the RCC isn't growing. It's visibly shrinking.


Here's more:

http://www.religiondispatches.org/archive/atheologies/1059/the_incredible_shrinking_catholic_church

You can also Google Catholic Church shrinking to find plenty of info.

Here's a Wikipedia article on the priest shortage:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Priest_shortage_in_the_Roman_Catholic_Church

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