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Margaritaville Christianity

July 29th, 2010, Promulgated by Mike

I’ve written about Dave Hartline before (see here and here).  He has a new post up on The American Catholic entitled “Margaritaville Christianity; God’s Way Or Our Way?”

Here’s a quote to whet your appetite …

Far too many orthodox-minded Catholics have had to put up with “Father Cool,” the well tanned, world travelling pastor who might know more about Club Med than he does the Bible or the Catechism.  He loves to “relate” to his parish and his sermons sound as if he wants to be one of the guys, as if he he’s auditioning for a spot on some sort of Cheers TV show remake. His church is bereft of statues and symbols of Catholic devotions, which of course he would find hard to explain to his secular or Protestant clergy friends.

And another one …

Fortunately, there is good news and as I point out in my book The Tide is Turning Toward Catholicism, the numbers show things are coming around our way.  As I noted to you before, all of this is made manifest in ordination numbers.

One last quote …

While liberal convents are strapped for cash because they haven’t had a postulant in years, more conservative orders like the Sister of Mary in Ann Arbor, Michigan are running out of room due to the large number of young professional women coming their way. They are not the only conservative order growing; the Nashville Dominicans among others are also experiencing growing pains.

Full post here.



3 Responses to “Margaritaville Christianity”

  1. Anonymous says:

    It’s too ad. The SSJ and theMercy Sisters are all in denial. They hae had few posulants over the last 10 years. A recent postulant to the Mercy Sisters was in her 50’s. Nothing against 50 year olds but the future of the church is in her youth and the traditional orders, as indicated in the article, are attracting the vocations. Hopefully, the heretetical orders will die out. We still pray for their reform.

  2. Mary says:

    There’s plenty of room at St. Thomas for a growing order. The current Parish Center/former Rectory used to be a convent. Even thought the walls were removed between the bedrooms, they could be replaced.
    Gorgeous Church-
    Future Catholic School right on the premises-
    Suburban location-
    What more could they ask for?

  3. Jim R says:

    I’ve always got a kick out of liberal nuns who seem to hate the Church, denigrate Catholicism, dismiss dogma, eschew traditional prayer, don’t believe in the Real Presence and, in general are unhappy and bitter about what Catholicism is – are nonetheless puzzled why no one wants to join their ranks!!!!

    As a friend of mine once quipped, “Who wants to be a social worker in bad clothes who doesn’t date and hates the company she works for?”

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