"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."I'm kind of torn by that kind of thinking. Poor preaching and shoddy liturgy are issues, to be sure, but I am not sure what to do about the music. I've visited megachurches with professional musicians and they are nice, but not really where I would choose to put my stewardship dollars. I have also had talks with people who are completely put off by my parish's mediocre sound system to the point where they don't want to attend. It is an okay sound system, but you wouldn't mistake it for a music hall. Again, it would be nice in a world with limitless funds but I have trouble making it make-or-break priority.
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