I’ve noticed each consecutive weekend that the number in attendance at my parish is shrinking, it seems. The amount of the collections is shrinking, too, thereby causing the budgeted amount to not be met.
Why are Catholics leaving the Church?
Should we practicing Catholics be to blame for not communicating the liveliness of our faith more openly? Are we to blame for anything at all, such as not educating our children at younger ages to appreciate what they have? Are we, who say we love Christ and Church, also taking what we have for granted?
Is there something in the history of the Church which merits people leaving by the droves? Should a Christian conscientiously not be Catholic due to the inherited heritage of such events like the extinction of the Cathars, the Inquisition, the Crusades, and other events, which as atheist author Sam Harris complains, illustrate the murderous extent Catholics will go to save the Eucharistic host from sacrelige?
Or is there something in Church policy which merits these people leaving? Do documents like Humanae Vitae suppress the individual’s God-given free will in such a manner that such papal statements are nothing but un-Christ-like? And what about other methods available in contemporary medicine which allow the human person to exist without excessive suffering? Shouldn’t utilitarianism be viewed as the greatest possible hope for a universal ethic?
It’s sad to see that so many people no longer care.