[quote=Nun_ofthe_Above]Eileen and Brenda,
Thank you both for your thoughtful replies.
I had hoped it was due to other commitments, but the amount of people who milled out of there just seemed too extraodinary to all be due to commitments.
Thank you Eileen for your recommendation. I am a rather confused new Lutheran / Catholic-sorta-wannabe; and this may help me in my rather long journey to date.
I too have noticed how many Catholics know very little about their faith. I feel the Catechists need to be ‘screened’ better, so the Church and its people benefit from their teachers, rather than the abject confusion which is created when someone is taught one thing, then told that they are wrong, and need to do ‘it’ another way.
Thank you both again.
God bless you both abundantly.
You are correct. It is sad to say that catechisis has been poor in the last 40 plus years. However, things are getting much better in this area.
On your main point I feel strongy that the orthodoxy of the priest is directly proportional to the exodus of persons leaving before the final blessing. At my parish the priest early in his appointment to that parish would actually address people as they were leaving asking them to wait untill he had given his final blessing and he would make frequent mention of it in homelies. Now, the parish has a very small amount of people that leave early. He focused the same kind of effort on confession and now the are so many people going to confession that you have to get there half an hour early or else you won’t make it to confession the line is so long.