The Times They Are A-Changin’

Before proceeding into Mass, the priest and altar servers gather in the narthex of Transfiguration of Our Lord Parish in Syracuse, New York. [Photo by Ryan Brady, National Geographic]

Stephen P. White of Catholic University reflects on the state of Catholicism in the U.S., in view of a story in the Associated Press.

“This shift is not best described by those words we borrow from politics. It’s worth considering that, in these long, organic developments in the Church in the United States – for all our problems – one can discern something of the sensus fidelium. It’s worth considering that this is simply what a mature reception of the Second Vatican Council looks like.

“Perhaps, just perhaps, we’re seeing a new generation recognizing that there is a world more real and more true than the increasingly unreal one that has been, for too long, presented to them.”


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