The leakage from the American Cathlic church has reached a torrent. Figures from the Pew Forum show that that 31 per cent of Americans were raised Catholic but only 24 per cent still identify as Catholic. It is estimated in the past few years no few than 12 million American Catholics have left the church (although many of these have been made up by Latinos joining the church)
There are those who will say good riddance to those who can’t be faithful.
Those who dig deeper will find other reasons driving Catholic away: not enough priests and nuns, the sex abuse scandal, particularly the cover-up by bishops; rules forbidding birth control; obsession with abortion; rules forbidding Communion to divorced and remarried Catholics; the second class status of women; rejection of gays and lesbians.
Should there not be a national conversation about these issues? The alternative is to bid the critics goodby and pretend smugly that all is well.
Is the role of the Catholic to watch his church unravel? What can be done?