Written by Sherry
Friday, 17 August 2007 05:32
Take a look at this interesting Chicago Tribune article about the Focolare movement in Chicagoland.
But there is one stupifyingly stupid bit:
Since its founding, Focolare, the Italian word for "hearth," has grown to nearly 90,000 members worldwide. Most live in Europe, where the percentage of people who attend church has declined rapidly in recent decades. The Gallup International Millennium Survey found that just 20 percent of respondents in Western Europe and 14 percent in Eastern Europe attend religious services regularly.
Catholic lay movements have helped fill the cracks, said Dorian Llywelyn, a professor of theological studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
"They are attractive to people who don't like church but who want to get involved with their faith," Llywelyn said.
HUH? You take life-long vows in a lay movement, which incidentally means that you attend daily Mass because you don't like church?
Stupid comment by professor? Terrible writing by journalist augmented by lame editing? Or both?
Or did Llywelyn mean "the movements are attractive to people who don't like average parish life?" This is not fair or true either but note the implication: life in intentional Christian community is not "church" and is somehow opposed to "church".
Just how did the professor and/or writer get that idea?