I’m a born Catholic of many decades and strong believer like most of us. But due to my career as an industrial engineer I also learned to question things.
One of the burning issues I have noticed over the past half century is that the Church is miserably failing to hold on to its members, let alone attract new ones (and that is for Western Countries – Europe, US, Australia). Church attendance is now around 24% in the US, less than 14% in Germany, my original home country, with churches there being sold off and converted to businesses. Particularly young people are leaving the Church in droves (US). It saddens me to see that development and I wonder how many Catholics are out there aware of this situation and possibly would want to help reverse that trend???
As I experienced many times in the business world, a failing business can be turned around IF there is the WILL to analyze, find conditions for the failure and correct them. 90% of the time failure starts at management and leadership. And precisely therein lies the problem. And before I continue, I love Pope Francis but am also convinced that he has quite a few adversaries in the Vatican who don’t see things his way. Anyway, the leadership is stuck in a status quo ante, in principle they are saying that the Church in its current form worked for 2000 years and it will continue working. Their learning curve is very slow and the reaction time even slower, all of which is exacerbating the problem. Here is a fact that they apparently missed: The 1960’s is the starting point. Vatican II just had addressed some important issues like language (i.e. Latin Mass to English) etc. and that was great. But at the same time the “Cultural Revolution” had started AND unlike before that time masses of young folks started to go to college and universities. Secularism and liberal secularism in the edu system triggered a lot of questioning of traditional values, still does. Counteraction of the Church was what? Even more predominantly today (or better since about 2004) we have another revolution: Instant Communication and Social Media. The Church is evidently not addressing any of it in a sufficient way. Why? Your thoughts?