Much has been written (thanks, PG faith writer Peter Smith) lately concerning the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh’s six-county 2018 reorganization and consolidation of its staying 192 parishes. This will be executed to counteract the loss of parishioners, deficiency of priests and growing debt in the diocese.
Named “On Mission for the Church Alive,” this restructuring, for me, is a temporary repair that does little to address the continuing and accelerating attrition of practicing Roman Catholics in the Pittsburgh Diocese. And, if this ecclesiastical hemorrhaging isn’t stanched, in several years, these same issues will want added remediation. Ordination of girls and permitting priests to marry would, in several years, supply enough clerics to sufficiently staff present parishes, but that little of rational reform wouldn’t fill the pews. My church, the Roman Catholic Church, needs to think beyond the box — the confessional box!
Catholics have stop confessing their sins. It’s not useful to the vast bulk of Catholics. Why? My guess is that many Catholics believe the sacrament of penance and reconciliation, as presently managed, is an anachronistic exploitation designed to command the faithful.
Bishop David Zubik should follow the case of lately deceased liberal American Archbishop Peter Gerety, who ran general absolution and mass penance to support the return of lapsed Catholics. All things considered, New Testament Jesus, when He forgave sins, didn’t do it in a carton or need an entire list of transgressions.
Original article by Rob Biller (October 16th, 2016)