A Salesian priest in the Catholic Times' View from the Ark mentions the experience he had recently attending a general meeting of the members at their Roman headquarters. What he knew from the news he heard directly from those who were involved. One superior from France mentioned the closing of monasteries because of old age, and the lack of vocations. One superior of a community was in his 90s.
France called the eldest daughter of the
Church is in a feeble state. France is not alone,
we have Spain, a country once in the vanguard for mission, and Italy the
headquarters of Catholicism are all in the same state of lethargy.
columnist mentioned that all the superiors of communities of the
different countries were grabbing him by the arm, asking for
missioners to come to their country. Europe is in serious trouble.
Overcome with secularism, materialism and a small birth rate has
changed the environment, and the Korean Church is following them. The
future of Korean Catholicism and religious life is not bright.
need to have a check up on the health of Catholicism. We are
suffering from the hardening of the arteries. We need a lively
conversation between the pastoral worker and the laity, a bonding
between the rich and poor, communication between the young and old, the
connection between the city and country, they are far from healthy. We do not see
the problems in society, and are in search of only the sweet and a
religion which is cheap, which darkens the future. We want to cut out the
part of the Gospel with the passion; only interested in earthly
blessings and what is good for the family. A very immature spirituality.
the history of the Church we had many false prophets. They
pretty much concentrated on some common elements: reasonableness of
absolute moderation, examination of oneself according to religious
teachings, and not seeing the absurdities and cruelty in the world. With flowery words they have confused many people. Today we
have those who sing out the 'no disease and long life' mantra.
Everything will turn out as we want, we are guaranteed heaven.
is the true shepherd and who is the hireling, requires discernment on
our part. The real prophet is only interested in transmitting God's
message to the people. The true prophet was not afraid to use the rod,and warned against sin and debauchery.
What is the
traditional teaching of the Church? A good pastor will tell us we are full of
faults. In our lives we will be met with pain, failure, wanderings, twists and turns, but all the crosses have meaning. We are invited to move with the cross one
step at a time on the road to virtue. Even if we are sinners, he concludes, we trust in God's mercy and take
courage, and keep on moving forward.