A tale of two cities, Philadelphia + San Francisco.
New or renewed initiatives in western of these two archdioceses, even while the other closes down a chunk of its chancery.
Does this seem like a zero-sum game? Philly’s archdiocesan print organ is no more, but SF launches San Francisco Catolico, directed at Spanish-speaking believers in its area.
In this era of “assault” on marriage and family, the same archdiocese has decided to reopened a shuttered office:
During the past 15 years, the number of sacramental marriages in the archdiocese, and across the nation, has fallen by almost 60 percent, an interim task force on marriage assembled by the archdiocese found. There is a constellation of forces behind the statistic, (Auxiliary)Bishop (Robert) McElroy noted, including the growing secularization in society. Launching an office amid those challenges, as well as managing other ministries, including support for separated and divorced people, aid to the grieving and support for people after they’re married, is a tall order, Bishop McElroy said, and so part of the director’s job will be to find volunteers to assist.
Don’t mistake my criticism of bishops confusing same-sex issues with heterosexual marriage. I certainly believe the Church needs to devote a lot more ministry effort in the direction of marriage formation, and the accompanying ministries. Fighting same sex unions or so-called gay marriage just takes energy away from the real work.
And by the way … sixty percent? Is that for real?