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Pope story lacked depth

To the editor:

The April edition of the Catholic Courier carried what could have been an enlightening article in the news and analysis section by Nancy Frazier O’Brien called, “What U.S. church will the pope find?” Unfortunately its contents just skim the surface of the challenges and changes within and without the Church that have occurred in the last decade. As a parent of three children who are being brought up in the Church, I was somewhat disappointed, but hardly surprised, given the fact that it was in our “official” Catholic publication.

According to the February Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life’s survey, Catholicism is the biggest loser among American religions of late. As many as 1 in 10 Americans is a former Catholic. That is a truly disheartening statistic. As O’Brien’s article mentions, the only reason for the absolute numbers of Catholics in this country to remain stable is through immigration. Longtime U.S.-born Catholics are leaving the Church in droves.

What are the reasons for this crisis? Intermarriage with non-Catholics is key; although I’m sure the Church’s reaction to the sexual-abuse scandals of the last five years hasn’t helped. Additionally, a majority of Catholic parents disagree with some attitudes of the pontiff. For example, the issue of condom use is widely ignored.

In closing, I think that we need to take a hard look at the changes in the laity over the last 10 years. O’Brien’s article failed to do so on several important issues.

Cameron Taylor

Fry Road, Aurora

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