Friday, April 14, 2006

O'Malley, Wojciechowski, Cascardi, Novak
...and other Mormon names

Mormon membership is on the rise. And I don't mean in Utah or it's surrounding states. I'm talking about the Northeast United States. You know... the same Northeast that has traditionally been a stronghold of Catholicism. Mormon numbers have jumped 37 percent in 10 years, nearly double the religion's national growth rate of 21 percent, church data show.

The once-isolated sect is now one of the world's fastest-growing and affluent religions, with 12.3 million members globally. More than half live outside the United States, including a flourishing Latin American flock.

Yeah, sure sure... the homo-rapist scandal and subsequent cover-up by most American bishops, has been a contributing factor, but I'm of the opinion that the watered-down drivel that was force fed to us under the guise of "The Spirit of Vatican II" is the real culprit here.

From the book, Index of Leading Catholic Indicators: The Church Since Vatican II by Kenneth C. Jones, here's one small example;

A 1958 Gallup Poll reported that three in four Catholics attended church on Sundays. A recent study by the University of Notre Dame found that only one in four now attend.

Only 10 percent of lay religious teachers now accept church teaching on contraception. Fifty-three percent believe a Catholic can have an abortion and remain a good Catholic. Sixty-five percent believe that Catholics may divorce and remarry. Seventy-seven percent believe one can be a good Catholic without going to mass on Sundays. By one New York Times poll, 70 percent of all Catholics in the age group 18 to 44 believe the Eucharist is merely a "symbolic reminder" of Jesus.

Why do you think that most American practicing Catholics think this way? Simple... they were taught that it's OK to disregard Church Teachings, and still be a "good Catholic". In other words, many in positions of power brought this upon themselves... and the rest of us.

I know the Holy Father has upset many with his recent defense of Catholic teaching... I just wish he'd move just a wee bit quicker on hosing out that den of heretics better known as the USCCB.


Blogger Former Altar Boy said...

Absolutely correct, CSM. Not to mention another (rotten) fruit of Vat2 -- the loss of belief in and respect for the Catholic Church as Christ's One, True Church. Thanks to "ecumenism" and the watewred-down catechesis of the last 40 years, anyone from any religion, sect, cult, or coven can go to heaven -- or so they believe. How many souls have been lost to Satan as a result?

10:26 PM  
Blogger Fidei Defensor said...

The Holy Father has the wisdom that only comes with age, sadly the trade-off is that he is not a very energetic man.

While his stand against the culture of death is everything I had hoped for in a Pope and more, I too wish he'd be quicker in bringing the hammer down.

12:15 AM  

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