I was pretty busy last week and it wasn’t until the weekend that I had a chance to respond to Ben’s invitation to post my thoughts on our next bishop on the D&C web site.
What follows is a somewhat longer version of my comment (the original did not have bullet points 5 through 10 as they struck me as overkill at the time).
The results of Bishop Clark’s 33 year experiment with progressive Catholicism are in – and they are not pretty:
- 93 out of 200 (47%) Catholic parishes, missions, stations and chapels closed;
- 53 out of 78 (68%) Catholic elementary schools closed;
- 4 out of 9 (44%) Catholic high schools closed;
- 220 out of 238 (92%) teaching sisters gone;
- 18 out of 20 (90%) teaching priests gone;
- 33 out of 33 (100%) teaching brothers gone;
- 16,130 out of 21,006 (77%) Catholic elementary school students gone;
- 4,355 out of 7,488 (58%) Catholic high school students gone;
- 28,323 out of 39,402 (72%) Catholic elementary school religious education students gone;
- 7,165 out of 8,767 (82%) Catholic high school religious education students gone;
- Catholic marriages down by 67% (from 2,076 to 689) ;
- Interfaith (or “mixed”) marriages down by 76% (from 1,321 to 320);
- Infant baptisms down by 61% (from 6,742 to 2,646);
- Weekend Mass attendance in free fall (down by over a third in a mere 10 years);
- 251 out of 341 (74%) active diocesan priests gone (with most of the remainder rapidly approaching retirement age);
- Vocations to the priesthood down to a barely discernible trickle; and
- All of this in a diocese that saw its number of registered Catholics drop by 16% while its total population grew by 3% during those same 33 years.
Given these fruits of progressive Catholicism-run-rampant, it would be difficult to imagine that any bishop who made it his business to teach what the Church teaches – no more and no less, who insisted that all diocesan/parish employees – including priests – did the same, and who made it absolutely clear that things like dissent from Church teaching and liturgical “creativity” would not be tolerated – it would be difficult to imagine that such a bishop could do any worse.
Perhaps it’s time to give real Catholicism a chance?
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