Seismic Paradigm Shift

It seems clear to me that we are living through a major paradigm shift in the Catholic Church, and our understanding of religious faith generally. It will be a hundred years or more before the full implications of this are known. But it is now obvious that much of what was meaningful in the past is rapidly losing relevance to a modern, highly educated and assertive people.

Let me take one example:  About twenty years ago, when the looming priest shortage was clearly emerging, the Catholic Church authorities had three possible ways of responding to it.  

Mike Tegeder and the Archbishop

This is the latest instalment of the correspondence between Mike (the pastor) and his Archbishop over my talk in Minneapolis, which is due on Wednesday next!

Dear Archbishop

Yesterday the office manager at Cabrini called me at Kateri saying that there was a registered letter for me and should she sign for it? Hoping that I won some kind of jackpot, I said of course. When I got to the office I was surprised to find out that the missive was from you and that the postage was $6.49.

Bishop calls priest in over plan to host my talk on Catholic property

The one and only place, in my eighteen city tour, that plan to host my talk in Catholic property is Minneapolis.  I am due there Wednesday next.  This is from the parish bulletin of Mike Tegeder, the pastor. He was hauled in by the bishop, who went so far as to say that I am not as Catholic!

Mike’s response is worth reading.  I am looking forward to going there.  It should be fun!!

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