- Jan 25, 2020
Although the U.S. bishops’ spring assembly in Baltimore was mostly devoted to responding to the sexual abuse crisis in the Church, the bishops also considered something described as the second-most important issue currently facing U.S. Church leaders: How to get religiously unaffiliated, or “nones,” particularly young people, back to the Catholic Church.
A Pew study found that most people continue to pay a church tax in Western Europe, though things may change with the next generation.
Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron of Los Angeles believes St. Thomas Aquinas is more relevant than ever in an era of “nones.”
The rector of a seminary in Denver, Colorado cautions against generalizing about the Millennial generation. He is optimistic about them and their spiritual inclinations.
A survey by the Pew Forum recently found that while religious commitment generally tends to drop the more educated people become, Christians buck that trend. Some experts say that makes sense, while others wonder if there’s some ‘pious lying’ going on about matters such as attending church services among more educated Christians.
Following the example of Saint John Paul II in terms of talking with one who has left the fold might prove the most effective route. He listened to people desiring to understand them and their hearts, he discerned to find similarities and shared convictions he held with the other person, and then he used what was shared between himself and the other person as a bridge for dialogue.