[quote=Steve M]I know a priest that reads Baptist pastoral literature. He has said the Catholic Church is weak at “making baby Christians.” He says too many Catholics don’t really understand what they believe or know the Bible. He acknowledges that Baptist are very strong in these areas…
If someone is doing something that is working, try to find out what they’re doing right. .
Very important points, I think, Steve.
In general, I know too many devout, prayerful, and spiritually minded non-Catholics to ever doubt that the Holy Spirit was at work in most of their churches (maybe not in the churches described at the beginning of the thread!)
I’m a totally dedicated Catholic, but the thing that really worries me (well, I can only speak for my part of the world) is that not enough is done to evangelise and catechise adult Catholics.
There just isn’t enough time in a shortish sermon (which is generally tied to the scripture readings) and I don’t know of any parish that has study groups other than for scripture.
Because of the knowledge and enrichment I’ve got from “Catholic Answers”, I’ve written this week to my parish priest (not in a complaining way, but to convey enthusiasm) to recommend this website to anyone who might want to study their faith, and I’m hoping he’ll put a bit of my letter in the parish newsletter.
We can’t afford to be complacent about the “leakage” (due to a basic ignorance of what the Catholic Church is, and has) from the Catholic church to other churches that do certain things better than we do.
A Te numquam separari permittas - never let me be separated from You