America’s Catholic Enclaves Have Vanished. But I Can Imagine a Beautiful Future

America’s Catholic Enclaves Have Vanished. But I Can Imagine a Beautiful Future

What we know for sure, because we have experienced it firsthand, is this: a gauzy cultural Catholicism is no match for the corrosive power of secularism. A family or parish or diocesan culture in which the Faith does not permeate all aspects of life will create, at best, Catholic-themed secularists or, at worst, a new generation of ex-Catholics. This means reverent Masses, yes, but it also means prayer throughout the day for laity as well as clergy; it means making the corporal works of mercy part of regular parish life; it means making practical financial, legal and professional decisions as full-time followers of Jesus, not as part-time secularists. 

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