One of our regular readers here brought this to my attention.
I alert you to a survey put out by some folks who seem to want 1975 back.
You might want to help them people with their survey! They sent it out to their – say – half a dozen readers. I think we can do better. I hope that thousands of you will jump in.
Pope Francis is offering all of us new hope in our beloved Church and he has called out many times for “dialogue, dialogue…” Some have called this the “Francis Revolution” because he is turning all expectations upside down. The American Catholic Council is joining this revolution in an active way and we invite you to help us discern the best way for all of us to engage and support the grassroots in creating change along with Francis.
We invite you to fill out our very short survey as a next step in our mission to support you and your dreams to change the Church. Toward that end, we hope you will also send this invitation and survey to a half dozen of your friends so that we can collaborate widely on planning next steps. Together, no matter how big our dream is, we can achieve much!
Survey will close on Monday, May 12th at noon EDT
Summary of results will be in the next ACC newsletter
If that survey doesn’t come up for you with the link, above, try HERE and then look for the link.
Here are my answers (numbered questions first):
1. We are interested in what it means to YOU to be Catholic in 2014, your vision of the Church. Francis gets a lot of media attention, what if there were a lot of positive buzz about your local Catholic community? If a 60 Minutes reporter visited your ideal local Catholic community, what three things would grab his/her attention and be a part of the story told on television? ( the answer boxes will expand to accommodate whatever you write)
- Full, joyous active participation in Holy Mass celebrated according to the pre-Conciliar Missal, in Latin, with many young families and children in attendance.
- Preaching that is completely faithful to traditional, official teaching of the Church as found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
- All male service during liturgy, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, many lay groups and evening activities, the new Communion rail
2. Try a thought experiment: Imagine it is one year from today and there is trouble in your diocese and people are in the streets. Look back: what happened that woke them up and got them into action? Name three things. Please be as specific as possible (the answer boxes will expand to accommodate whatever you want to write)
- The full effect of ObamaCare kicks in and many people are without jobs, the economy is tanking, the crime rate is soaring because of unemployment among the young. They request more traditional devotions from their pastors, such as public recitation of the Rosary, processions to ask God’s blessings and forgiveness for to being faithful.
- People finally tire of the same old liberal rubbish from liberal priests and nuns who can’t seem to realize that the 60’s are over. They begin to volunteer in parishes to put in more statues, remove the potted plants, mauve carpets, big puppets and install Communion rails and ad orientem altars.
- After numerous attacks on the local bishop in the newspapers and other media, people cancel their subscriptions and begin writing letters to the editors and then increase their donations to the bishops fund for conservative seminarians.
You see, in the second point they are looking for things that interest their base enough that they – the half-dozen or so – might go out and protest. You know, relive the 60’s.
Help them out!
This is what my friend wrote for responses:
- Great number of devoutly celebrated Masses in the Extraordinary Form (Latin)
- Long lines several times a week when Father is hearing confessions
- Large number of healthy, intact families with 5, 7, 10 children – parents who fully embrace and live the Church’s teaching on life and sexuality
- People actually realized that the Eucharist is the body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ and took to the streets on Corpus Christi to celebrate that fact
- Obama’s HHS mandate takes full effect, requiring Catholic institutions to act against our beliefs. Catholics take to the streets to protest this assault on our religious liberty
- The LCWR finally accepts and embraces the reforms of the Council. Habits, common life, orthodoxy, and sanity return. People take to the streets cheering!
Take a few minutes and help them out. Talk about it at home and over coffee and doughnuts at church. Forward it to your friends. Come up with some ideas.