Norm wrote:There is, however, one problem. We have too many dioceses where many of the parishes are still in the same dysfunctional state -- poor preaching, shoddy liturgy, abominable musicianship, pastors whose pastoral manner is totally unsensitive if not overtly hostile, etc. -- that drove those who have left to do so. People who come back and find that they are not welcome won't stay. We really do need to fix the dysfunctional parishes before getting into "Come Home!" campaigns if we want those who come back to stay.Indeed! Ditto!I am currently a sponsor for someone who will come into full communion with the Catholic Church this Easter.At last week's "RCIA" meeting (Norm knows why that's in quotes), we were treated to what Vatican II did for us. Chief among the claims were:* holding hands during the Our Father in the Mass* removing the altar rail* moving the sanctuary off to the sideArgh!Fortunately, I've read Sacrosanctum Concilium and was able make a correction during the meeting about the altar rails and tabernacle, as well as the holding hands thing.I am definitely doing more correcting than I should be.We started off this program with someone who had become a Catholic 2 years ago, and who was about to sponsor someone else, tell about her conversion story and continue that she was a very "liberal" Catholic who had no problem with birth control, gay marriage, etc. and was probably about to leave the church.I think Father took her a side and had a conversation with her, because I haven't seen her since and she's no longer a sponsor.CCSand
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