That headline caught The Motley Monk's eye because the "so many" Blanski asks about is, in fact, a paltry few. But, what the heck? A paltry few is certainly better than none at all!
Think about it: Why are “numbers” the most important demographic when it comes to measuring church effectiveness? Is “more” really better? Wouldn’ t intensity of faith and its practice on the part of a paltry few be much better than a whole bunch of nominal Christmas poinsettias and Easter lilies filling the pews on those solemnities? Or, “thrice-in-life” Catholics who only show up in church to "hatch 'em, match 'em, and dispatch 'em"? Or, perhaps worse yet, a bunch of CINO's (Catholics In Name Only)?
- They are fully groomed, well-educated, and critical thinkers.
- They want a religion that’s right and stands for it when public opinion is wrong.
- They are "confident" Catholics who are not ashamed of its teaching.
- And, they threw away the pill and practice natural family planning.
Other data add to the body of evidence that these Catholic Millennials are serious about their faith:
- They prefer more formal, traditional worship in churches not theaters.
- They make silent retreats and engage in service projects.
- They’re curious about prayer practices, the lives of the saints, and church teaching.
- The are more serious and fervent about their Catholic faith than were their parents and grandparents.
- They are "somewhat" and "very involved" in their parishes and other religious activities.
In short, these Catholic Millennials resemble what used to be called "traditional" Catholics. But today, they're are called "retro-active Catholics" who, although there may not be "so many" of them but only a "paltry few," as Blanski writes, they "struck the mettle of the Church and heard the ring of truth—not the hollow thud of a glittering fake."
Sometimes "retro" offers what's substantive when "novus" only pretends to. Perhaps Blanski is correct: Those "paltry few" have figured out the difference.
Read Blanski's entire post here.
Let the discussion begin...
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