What do these three things have in common? It sounds like the kind of joke that would walk into a bar. But it’s the arc of parish life in Mount Carmel, Illinois. Think about it, then check this link to see if your instinct for the punch line is right.
We feel if we can get through to the pope, we’ll get it cleared up. He’s got a lot of problems everywhere in the world (but) we know he would help us if he knew.
Meanwhile that sucking sound is not a sinkhole proximate to the Mississippi River. It is the dulcet tone of Sunday Mass attendance dropping from a few hundred to a few dozen. Question: when the parish closes, will they all end up at the local Lutheran church? Follow-up: Since nobody at the chancery seems to care, is that tacit approval of the antigospel?