Most of us continue going to church despite having grown past the childhood beliefs taught in church-talk. We do it because we have a spiritual orientation and Catholic services are “home.” Among my closest Catholic friends and acquaintances, what a priest, bishop, or pope says gets the same critical scrutiny as the words of a politician.
I believe I failed at raising an adult Catholic.
All the parents in my decidedly nonscientific survey raised children who are kind, compassionate, generous and mindful of others and who exhibit a strong sense of justice.
I feel that we must have gone wrong, because although our children are good people, many of them do not go to church regularly. We feel we have fallen down on the job of raising the next generation of Catholics.
Our children are very well adjusted, emotionally mature and have a depth of care and spiritual presence. . . . the church simply did not respond to what they were looking for . . . nothing about the lives they were leading.
When the priest hit “play,” Jenson walked out. . . .
She found a new religious home at Holy Wisdom Monastery, a former Roman Catholic monastery in the town of Westport, just outside Madison. Its Sunday service, offered by the sisters who live there, retains many elements of a traditional Catholic Mass but diverges in sometimes startling ways.
Without women, Christian churches would have not have taken over the Western world. What would the Catholic Church in the U.S. be without the women who staffed schools, hospitals, social service agencies, and parish offices of all kinds? And without the women in the pews? They have served as initiators and mainstays of social justice work. I believe women inhabited churches more because they did not operate as much in the outer world, which gave them more time for interior reflection, for relating to spiritual powers.
Catholic women of Generation X (born between 1962 and 1980) barely equaled their male counterparts in regular Mass attendance and were significantly more likely than the men to profess heterodox opinions on women’s ordination, on the sinfulness of homosexual acts and premarital sex and on whether one could be a good Catholic without going to Mass.
More recent data (2002-8) from the annual General Social Survey indicate that the reduced religiosity of American Catholic women extends to the millennial generation (born between 1981 and 1995), as well. Millennial Catholic women are even more disaffected than Gen X women are.
In recent elections one would have thought that homosexuality and abortion were the new litmus tests of Christianity. . . .Jesus is clearly much more concerned about issues of pride, injustice, hypocrisy, blindness, and what I have often called “The Three Ps” of power, prestige, and possessions, which are probably 95% of Jesus’ written teaching. . . .We worry about what people are doing in bed much more than making sure everybody has a bed to begin with.