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Old Apr 11, '08, 1:54 pm
Elzee Elzee is offline
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Default Father Serpa, have you noticed this?

Father Serpa,

I would be interested in your opinion/perception. Despite all the reports we hear about problems in the Church, I am noticing a definite pendulum swing to a more orthodox, "faithful to the Magisterium" Catholic Church. Perhaps it is just in my diocese - I don't know. I often wonder if this is just my perception because even though I'm a cradle Catholic, I've only, within the past couple years, come into full communion with the Church, in no small part thanks to Catholic Answers. Perhaps faithful Catholics are just the people I tend to surround myself with, and nothing is really changing except in my own little world.

In talking with the people at CA that travel quite a bit, and with what you've noticed yourself, do you see a shift? I realize there are a lot of unorthodox parishes out there, but do you see the tide turning? If so, why, and what do you think triggered it?

I know this isn't the typical question for this forum, but I would love to hear your thoughts, and I bet a lot of others would too.

Thank you.
Old Apr 11, '08, 5:57 pm
Fr. Vincent Serpa Fr. Vincent Serpa is offline
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Default Re: Father Serpa, have you noticed this?


After having served as master of novices for the Dominicans on the West Coast, I am very optimistic about the future of the Church. The John Paul II generation is very loyal to the Magisterium and very vertical in its religiousity. By that I mean that these oung people are more focussed on God than on us. So warm-fuzzy liturigies that ignore the rubrics are aborrant to them.

At Catholic Answers we have a number of young people who have graduated from colleges that are truly Catholic, such as Thomas Aquinas College, Franciscan University of Steubenville and Magdalene College, etc. Such colleges are forming the Church leaders of the future, So the future looks very bright.

Also, from my experience in talking to people across the country on the phone and the internet I am impressed with the number of laity who are leading the clergy back to orthodoxy--gently and charitably and above all patiently.

Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.

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