Rochester native son Rich Leonardi recently received a comment from an Evangelical Protestant pastor. The full story can be found here, but I want to zoom in on just one part of that pastor's note.
I pastor a church in California that is over 60% former Catholics (100s each week). These former Catholics come to my church NOT because Catholic doctrine is necessarily wrong, BUT because they are coming from Catholic parishes who are unable or unwilling to teach Christ, and Him Cruficied.
Within just the last 8 years the Diocese of Rochester has lost over 27,000 of its weekend Mass attendees. If we are to believe the explanations coming out of Buffalo Rd., all those missing Catholics have either succumbed to societal pressures or have moved away to the sun belt.
If we are to believe this pastor - and many of his peers who are saying the same thing - a large portion of those 27,000 folks are now former Catholics and are attending non-Catholic churches.
I tend to believe the guys that are actually counting noses, not those who are searching for excuses.
Over 1900 years ago St. Paul offered the following admonition to his fellow bishop, Timothy.
I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word, be urgent in season and out of season, convince, rebuke, and exhort, be unfailing in patience and in teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own likings, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander into myths. (2 Timothy 4:1-4)
When are our leaders going to start taking St. Paul seriously?