Archive for November 26th, 2013

Future of the Church? Apostolic Exhortation Amounts to Francs’ ‘I Have a Dream’ Speech / National Catholic Reporter

Dreams can be powerful things, especially when articulated by leaders with the realistic capacity to translate them into action. That was the case 50 years ago with Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, and it also seems to be the ambition of Pope Francis’ bold new apostolic exhortation, ‘ The Joy of the Gospel.’” By John L. Allen, Jr., National Catholic Reporter — Click here to read the rest of Allen’s analysis.

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No Clear ‘Pope Francis Effect’ among U.S. Catholics / Pew Research Center

In the first eight months of his pontificate, Pope Francis has impressed, charmed and inspired many people around the world with his outreach to non-Christians, his statements of concern for the poor and disabled, and his personal humility. At the same time,
other Catholics have expressed dismay
over the pope’s statements about homosexuality and his remarks that the church is “obsessed” with some social issues … But has the pope’s popularity produced a Catholic resurgence in the U.S., where 10% of adults are former Catholics? Not so far, at least in terms of the share of Americans who identify as such, or the share of those who report attending Mass weekly.” By Conrad Hackett, Pew Research Center Fact Tank — Click here to read Hackett’s entire article.

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