It’s sad but true, but the majority of people who call themselves “Catholic” don’t regularly attend Sunday mass, and, of those that do, that’s probably the only hour a week they’ll ever spend on church property (unless there’s a wedding or funeral to go to).
My question is: Why don’t priests and deacons use the homily more for serious apologetics? Cut out the Mr. Rogers homilies and tell people WHAT the church teaches, and WHY. Tell them that the Catholic Church is not just some personal preference and just one of “many ways to get to God.” We are the fullness of faith – THE church founded by Jesus! Grow a backbone and start preaching the truth!
And, I’m sorry, but having Bible studies or apologetics classes on weekday nights won’t cut it. Most of the church members will never go to those things and those who do are probably pretty strong in their Catholicism already anyway. The homily is pretty much the only chance our priests and deacons will get a chance to instruct most Catholics.
Thank God for sites like Catholic Answers and EWTN. Otherwise, I probably would have, in my ignorance, abandoned the faith years ago in search of a more “entertaining” protestant church, or, worse of all, no church at all.
I’m sorry if anyone was offended by my blunt tone, but lately the state of our church has gotten me really down.