I get great encouragement and support from CA and am very grateful to all who are involved with it. Recently I am trying to get used to the new layout and have been trying to learn as much as I can about CA.
In Ireland it seems, as the number of priests is decreasing rapidly, that the Church in the future will be a lay Church, and I consider CA as part of this process of laicization of the Church. Since its founding by Karl Keating it has been essentially a lay organization, and in fact it the largest apologetics forum in the Church after the Vatican.
I read somewhere that it is considered a conservative organization. I hope not, as I think of myself as neither conservative nor liberal, traditional nor progreswsive, left nor right, red nor blue, but Catholic and feel welcome here.
I like the missoin statement:
Catholic Answers is one of the nation’s largest lay-run apostolates of Catholic apologetics and evangelization. Its mission statement explains its purpose:
We help good Catholics become better Catholics, bring former Catholics “home,” and lead non-Catholics into the fullness of the faith.
However I did start a thread about combatting the polarization in the Church and the need to reach out to all Catholics, but there was resistance to accepting those who were not fully in accord. I thought this was a pity.
I found the names in Leadership and Profiles interesting.
My first impression was the lack of females, and the relative lack of priests. I was surprised to see how few reputable theologians in top universities and academic scholars were among the names. Is this a fair comment? Maybe Catholicism does not need scholars or theologians to explain the faith, but I think they are needed.
Thanks again to all in CA.
Let us all support and pray for each other.