The survey of US dioceses has hit print, courtesy of Crisis. Rock seems to think well of it. Sherry has issues, pretty much the same as mine. But I was interested to see how Kansas City-St Joseph fared.
First, they missed our other city, St Joseph. Seeing as how my baptismal patron lost his proper listing, that’s one big strike.
The survey compares two moments, 1995 and 2005, pretty much the episcopate of Bishop Boland, our recently retired prelate. Given the rejoicing across the St Blogosphere for our new bishop, you’d think KC-SJ would be in the tank. But no.
Under Boland, Crisis tells us we rose from a bit below the middle of the pack, #109 out of 176 to #43. Only thirteen dioceses had greater improvements. And we rank number one in RCIA receptions.
I think you need a lot more than ordinations, clergy ratios, and RCIA receptions to rate dioceses accurately. The survey authors concede they couldn’t take into account the devastation in many dioceses hit hard by clergy and bishop scandals. As long as we realize this piece is a start to the conversation, not the ned, it might be an interesting piece to figure out why we Catholics aren’t doing nearly as well in a lot of areas as we could be.