The Church is here to make Saints, not conduct studies how to retain Demographics as if it was just another Man-centered, entity that has to crunch numbers and “figure out” how to play to the crowd through mechanized efforts and ethnic pandering.
In 16th century, it was OUR LADY that made Latin America key to the future of Catholicism. Poland consecrated their nation to Our Lady as Queen.
Reading headlines like these are a slap in the face of those who are holy in the Catholic Church as if the Holy Mother Church were just competing with Evangelicals, Protestants or Islam as just one of many religions worried about sustaining numbers .
Issues take on added importance as the Catholic Church becomes more reliant on Hispanics, specialists said. By 2050, Hispanics will probably account for more than 60 percent of American Catholics.
“It will be an entirely different Catholic experience,” Ospino said.
The Catholic experience is a UNIVERSAL FAITH. The Catholics involved in this report have lost a sense of the supernatural.
Poor teaching, poor preaching let’s the numbers bleed. Attempts to create artificial stopgaps by birthrates and targeting those who are more disposed to ethnic propagation is a sign that some leaders have lost a sense of the Holy.
What good IS THE number of Catholics if it is just solely based on cultural identity ? That the Church bleeds numbers, is because of the Sins of omission of Catholics, both Clergy and laity in the US. We are not being holy enough, and sound doctrine is not getting through to** all ethnicities**.
It is also annoying to see the politically oriented among those with power and offices, look so cynically at ethnic groups to play toward – thus, cultivating a manufactured faith to the people, rather than perfecting the existing faith held by the people who are disposed to hear, preserve and defend it (the Polish have persisted in demonstrating a faithful nation – the natives who listened to Our Lady of Guadalupe etc)
“We run the risk of losing a whole generation of Catholics.”
“If it weren’t for the Hispanic influx, the Catholic Church in the US would be in major decline,” Ospino said.
The Church isn’t about numbers; it’s about souls. It’s about preaching the TRUTH IN LOVE everywhere, anywhere, to anyone, and everyone! And prayer at all times.
Christ did not say, to get as many numbers, at the expense of Truth and Love , to sustain the veneer of a vibrant Church and to worry about the Church’s finances.
It seems the Church has focused on bragging about its one billion members.
Does Christ care if he still sees many Catholics are part of the City of Man still when they joined?
What good is it that in America we are producing more John Kerrys and Nancy Pelosi minded Catholics split down the middle, who then helped vote pro -abortion policies. 3/4ths of American hispanics voted for the pro-abort president. And we wonder why the younger ones are are now leaving? Because they’re not hearing the Faith! Numbers are useless when the salt has lost its flavor.
What good are having numbers sustained in America, if the number of souls are still on a road to perdition?
“Somehow, the church needs to change strategies and attitudes toward Hispanics in the parishes,” Ospino said. “It’s something the church has to come to terms with"
Have Faith and Be A SAINT! Pray for our priests to preach sound doctrine!
I don’t know why these bozos have to over complicate the Gospel. Taking courses about Catholicism for Catholicism can really blind some baptized Catholics who reduce everything into a bureaucratic routine.
Pope Francis was correct to say the Faith is not just a University where we study ideas. It’s a faith of action!
When Christ preached the Eucharist, and the multitude abandoned him, he didn’t say to the Apostles and those that stayed, "Okay we need to change strategies, and attitudes toward those who didnt want to hear me say 'Unless you Eat my Flesh. ’ "
The Church was never about sustaining numbers for the sake of numbers!