Why isn’t a cardinal from Nigeria or Kenya in charge of the Synod on Synods, a dumb name if there ever was one?
In the article I link below as well as the graphic, it is a real head scratcher that Pope Francis should think we should follow any Catholic leader in countries which have such a miserable Mass attendance, a testament to their failed leadership.
We need leaders from Africa and Poland to show us the way as well as parishes associated with the FSSP:
Continuing down…the lowest levels of weekly attendance were observed in Lithuania (16%), Germany (14%), Canada (14%), Latvia (11%), Switzerland (11%), Brazil (8%), France (8%), and the Netherlands (7%).
In South America, it is shocking to see the most heavily Catholic Country in our hemisphere have such a low, shockingly low, Mass attendance. I wonder why Argentina was not included in this graph!
It appears to me that Germans, Germanics and certain South American countries and their bishops have no right to tell the rest of us how to be Church and missionary disciples, no right whatsoever!
And to outlaw the Traditional Latin Mass and marginalize the overwhelming young demographic of laity and clergy who prefer this Mass over the silliness of the manner in which the Modern Missal is celebrated, to include its grotesque music, casual atmosphere, incoherence of celebration and ad libbing of priests, is breathtaking given this graph below!
Here’s the graph:
Channeling my inner Kavanaugh leads me to offer that the responsibility to fix the problem of a dying church rests with the assigned leaders. If an external Inspector General were tasked, perhaps from Africa, then the local European leaders would be disenfranchised and unable to effectively lead any changes; reduced to mere administrators.
I just wonder what it is about the countries where mass attendance is higher that differs from the U.S., for example.
It MUST make a difference where you have everyone celebrating/preparing for the same thing at the same time.
It MUST make a difference where values are consistently held, not compartmentalized when dealing with those outside of one's own community.
Regarding the above, it MUST make a difference being in a society where, to meet those whose belief systems differs from one's own, we aren't expected to turn off/forgo our own belief system else we risk being "cancelled".
Regarding the above, it MUST make a difference where compartmentalization etc. isn't an expected reaction to maintain one's employment and advancement potential.
While I agree with your assessment regarding the TLM, if I too get in touch with my inner Kavanaugh, I don't think the current state of affairs is wholly attributable to one thing. At the same time, I don't think that any one thing will be wholly responsible for attendance numbers heading north.
We have too much, too much of everything, and with all that we have it never seems to be sufficient. That seems to be the hallmark of modern western society. As Catholics, we seem to remain as guests in this country despite our best efforts to build it up and assimilate. We're still viewed as beholden to the papacy and its "hateful" rules and mandates.
Not sure there's an easy answer to the above. Not sure there's an answer period.
Having been to Germany several times over the past 4 decades - I think Germany’s Mass statistic is probably way off - I suspect it is closer to 5-7%. Even in Catholic Munich there are only a handful of folks at the principal Sunday Mass.
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