“Annus Horribilis” for the Church in Germany. But Also in Italy and in the Vatican
There has been an uproar over the disastrous statistics relative to 2020 published in mid-July by the episcopal conference of the Catholic Church of Germany, marking a decisive drop in comparison with the previous year, especially in participation in the sacraments.
At the end of July, in an autobiographical interview with “Herder Korrespondenz,” pope emeritus Benedict XVI went to the root of the disaster, blaming the Church’s decline on an “Amstkirche” made up only of institutional offices and documents, but ever more empty of “heart and spirit,” with the consequent “exodus from the world of faith.”
Tragically these are self-inflicted wounds. As I mentioned in another post, if the Church were run like a business in the corporate world, there would have been corrective action within a few years of the Council when it was apparent, even then, that the "reforms" were wreaking havoc. As we all know, the laity was NEVER consulted about the reforms, they were imposed from above. Most of us would have been relieved if they had been stopped dead in their tracks and reversed. Being supported by the State with tax money insulates the hierarchy from their bone-headed actions. If they had to rely solely on the Faithful, they would be more responsive to their needs.
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