Forgive me if this is posted in the wrong section, I wasn’t entirely sure which subforum was appropriate.
I would appreciate reading here any opinions or predictions on this subject you would be willing to share with me on this matter. I am aware that according to its own teachings the Catholic Church will not dissolve, indeed I don’t see that ahead either. What I am curious about is how you, as believers see the future of the Church in Europe.
A great deal is claimed about what will happen at this upcoming synod of the family, far more than is realistic I think but the situation around it seems nothing short of bizarre. If the Vatican surveys made public knowledge are anything to go by most Catholics not only in Europe, but the world over reject at very least one element of Church teaching, if not in Europe and North America several.
Several countries in Europe; more shockingly traditional bastions of Catholicism such as Belgium, Switzerland, Ireland amongst others like the Netherlands and perhaps most vocally of all Germany (It always seems to be the Germans :D) are all threatening schism. While the gates of hell prevailing over the Church is not a possibility according to Catholic teaching, schism apparently is a very real threat.
What do you see coming in the next few years? On one hand I see a very real fiery passion amongst the Germans to take some form of action, on the other in Ireland I see more a grim satisfaction, as if a form of poetic justice had taken place with the Church collapse rather than any desire to salvage anything from it; not really lending support to any form of schism.
How do you perceive this situation? What do you expect will take place in the coming decade or so? Do you see the New Evangelization making any headway? Will Catholic influence wane further in the western world? Will we see a third great schism?
Any and all thoughts are valued.