On the way home from Mass Saturday evening I stopped by Wegmans to pick up a few things. There I bumped carts with a lady I knew from my days as a parishioner at Our Lady of Mercy Church. We had served together on the parish council and I remember her as being quite active in several of the parish's ministries.
It turns out that she now regularly attends Spiritus Christi, is quite favorably impressed with "former Father" (her words) Jim Callan and enjoys worshiping with the "vibrant, energetic community" (again, her words) there. The fact that she is now a part of a schismatic group did not seem to faze her one bit.
Earlier in the week I had run into a married couple from OLM or, rather, formerly from OLM. They now attend a local Methodist church and are very happy with the "Christian fellowship" they have found there. When I asked if they missed the Eucharist I was told that their church also has Holy Communion. (According to their web site they do offer what they call "The Lord's Supper" or "Holy Communion" - on the first Sunday of every month.)
All three of these folks admit to leaving OLM because they were turned off by the personality of the pastor then in charge and each sees nothing wrong with letting his or her feelings dictate where he or she now worships, even if that happens to be outside of the Catholic Church. (The same is also true of another former Catholic and now Lutheran couple I blogged about last year.)
If Bishop Clark wants to know where his AWOL Sunday Mass attendees have gone he doesn't need to look to the sun belt, but just down the road. Decades of abysmal catechesis have "formed" thousands of Catholics for whom one church is as good as another, just as long as it "feels" right.