Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Pew Tells Us What Catholics Believe...Again.



With the #PopeInUS going on, the fine folks at Pew Research Center once again decided it was their duty to help everyone understand how out of touch Catholics think their Church is.

The premise of this study was checking in with Catholics, Cultural Catholics, and Ex-Catholics about what teachings they think the Church should change by 2050.

Of course, the Catholics referenced above are not weekly-Mass-attending folks, as their less interesting survey results were buried a little more deeply in the article.

However, we are once again faced with the clear reasons behind the call for the much needed re-evanglization of the Church.

Let's face it: Everyday Catholics don't understand the "why" behind Church teaching, and as long as that remains the case, everyday Catholics are going to wait around expecting a change.

While the whole thing, in a certain sense, boils down to obedience, leading with obedience isn't typically the best way to get butts in the pews.

Instead, let's take the course of leading with unconditional love.

I know it's a radical thought, but bare with me.

Why can't the Catholic Church change its teaching about birth control? Unconditional love.

Why (most likely) won't the Catholic Church change its teaching on priestly celibacy? Unconditional love.

Why can't the Catholic Church change its teaching on divorced and remarried Catholics being permitted to receive communion? Unconditional love.

Why can't the Catholic Church change its teaching on traditional marriage? You guessed it: Unconditional love.

I could keep going through the remaining poll categories, but I think you get the point by now.

The Church is called to a radical, always-other-centered, and world-changing unconditional love.

And once Catholics start understanding that, the Pew Research Center results will begin to look quite different.

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