My two seminarians and I had dinner at our parishioner's home Saturday. They are homeschoolers with several children and one on the way.
The discussion turned to the scandals. I mentioned that "we" meaning the parents and us were very aware of things because we are social media and blog/news nerds. I wondered aloud about Most rank and file Catholics though.
It is hard for me to know how enraged my laity are. They are busy with family and making ends meet and the army families worry about a lot more than Church politics and institutional ineptness.
I can't really tell if my Mass attendance is down because in the last several years it always fluctuates and in the last three years our Offertory is up, not dramactically but up none the less.
No one has come to me enraged or told me they are done with the Church. No nasty letters either.
I have counseled some parishioners over the years abused by priests and that certainly gives me a perspective that every priest should have!
But I know too that so many laity have experienced sexual abuse from mild to unspeakable from family members and acquaintances.
Just how engaged and enraged are rank and file Catholics?