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Why People Leave the Church

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    April 6, 2007 / Volume CXXXIV, Number 7 COLUMNISTS Why People Leave the Church DON T BLAME THE ZEITGEIST John Garvey We have grown used to people who have
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 3, 2007
      April 6, 2007 / Volume CXXXIV, Number 7
      COLUMNISTS
      Why People Leave the Church
      DON'T BLAME THE ZEITGEIST

      John Garvey

      We have grown used to people who have problems with "organized
      religion" and "the institutional church," who say that they are
      spiritual but not religious, and who pick and choose from things as
      light as aromatherapy and the less demanding forms of meditation to
      cobble together a personal devotional observance. This sort of thing
      can seem fluffy and irritating. But some people who have moved away
      from churches and synagogues are more serious in their search, and
      their disenchantments are real and grounded. We should pay attention to them.

      The scandals in the Catholic Church had to do with more than the
      sexual abuse of children and young men (and, less frequently, young
      women). They had to do primarily with bishops who seemed more
      concerned about the way this might reflect on the institution (if the
      truth were known) than about those whose lives had been blighted. One
      can see how someone might look at these cowardly people who are said
      to be successors of the apostles and decide that any truth worth
      living for might have to be sought, and found, elsewhere.
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      Source: http://www.commonwealmagazine.org/article.php3?id_article=1896
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      The millstone doesn't belong around the neck of the
      Zeitgeist. That's a false consolation. The church, and those of us
      who are supposed to represent it, shouldn't be let off the hook so easily.
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