Tuesday, August 22, 2017
HOW WIDESPREAD AMONG RANK AND FILE CATHOLICS IS THE KNOWLEDGE THAT THERE IS ACCELERATED DIVISION IN THE CHURCH, HER BISHOPS, PRIESTS AND LAITY, SINCE THE ELECTION OF POPE FRANCIS?
Most of us who read religious blogs know that there is a great polarization in the Church since Pope Francis assume the papacy, not unlike the immediate aftermath of Vatican II.
To be honest with you, I don't have a sense at all that my parishioners are aware of it or even concerned about it. Like many Protestant denominations, Catholics are usually just concerned about their neck of the woods, their local parish.
In my own parish I never speak publicly of the polarization or problems we are now having and maybe only one or two people have asked me about it, but they are people who read blogs.
Often we see the Episcopal Church in meltdown because of liberalizing spirits and I often wondered that if they ever got to the point that the Episcopal Church would accept actively gay couples as "priests/priestesses" that we would see rank and file Episcopalians coming to Catholic parishes--hasn't happened though on a large scale.
In your neck of the woods, are people living life as they always have been with little or no concern for what Catholics blogs bring to blogdom's readers, as minuscule as they are, about the current unpleasantness in the Church?