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Wrap up of the pope’s UK trip | National Catholic Reporter.

A questo link tutti gli articoli di John L. Allen Jr sul viaggio del Papa in Gran Bretagna.

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Struggling to understand a bishop’s murder in Turkey | National Catholic Reporter.

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Rethinking the Catholic ‘box score’ | National Catholic Reporter.

This week’s news illustrates three frequently under-appreciated points about the church:

  • Catholics elsewhere usually don’t spend much time on the debates that loom so large in Europe and the States, such as the Latin Mass or the power of the bishops. Given the challenges they’re facing, such preoccupations often seem a luxury they can’t afford.
  • The most creative Catholic energies in the 21st century are likely to be ad extra rather than ad intra, concerned with changing the world rather than changing the church.
  • The dominant Catholic social justice concern of the future is likely to be good governance and the fight against corruption. As a result, the “growth industry” in peace-and-justice ministry will likely be personal conversion, not just political advocacy.
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    “Why would I want to join a bunch of people who seem bummed out about the church?” one asked. “What’s the attraction in that?”

    “Perchè dovrei unirmi a un gruppo di gente delusa e infastidita dalla Chiesa” mi chiede. “Chi me lo fa fare?”

    The next generation of Catholic leaders
    By John L Allen Jr
    Created Oct 30, 2009

    Despite the ennui of too much time in airports and hotel rooms, I usually try to accept whenever I’m invited to give a talk someplace. That’s partly because I get paid, but there’s also a less mercenary motive. Like a stand-up comic, I’ve learned that there’s simply no substitute for a live audience. It hard-wires me into what real people are thinking — what stirs their curiosity, what their hopes and fears are, what leaves them cold or makes their blood boil. (altro…)

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    …there are certain interesting phenomena in that regard. Statistics show that about thirty percent or more of baptisms in this country are young adults, not infants. These young people are searching for something, to offer them ground for a more reasonable, calmer life. They find it in the church. If you compare numbers of baptisms, it’s almost forty percent that are young adults these days. That’s a revolution.

    Church history through the eyes of a catacombs priest | National Catholic Reporter


    If history is really biography, then the stories of remarkable Catholics such as Fr. Petr Pit’ha, an intellectual-turned-catacombs priest who helped keep the faith alive during the dark days of Communist oppression, are a fascinating way to narrate church history in this part of the world.

    Secretly ordained in 1969, Pit’ha ministered in the shadows for two decades, teaching religious education in private apartments and hearing confessions disguised as friendly chats. His priesthood was a carefully guarded secret; his own father, mother and brother didn’t even know until after the Velvet Revolution of 1989. (altro…)

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    ‘High tension’ and ‘low tension’ religious life | National Catholic Reportercrocifisso

    At the big-picture level, however, the most striking findings focus on what the next generation of religious women and men will be like. In terms of ethnicity, CARA found that 21 percent of new members are Hispanic, 14 percent Asians or Pacific Islanders, and six percent Africans or African-Americans, meaning that about 58 percent are white. Since 94 percent of older members are white, religious life is obviously becoming more ethnically diverse — which means no more than that it’s coming into alignment with the demographic breakdown of the broader Catholic community. (According to a recent Pew Forum study of religion in America, by 2030 only 48 percent of the Catholic population in America will be white, 41 percent will be Hispanic, and 7.5 percent will be Asian-American.)

    With regard to theological and spiritual outlooks, the CARA study found clear differences between the “Millennial Generation,” meaning religious born after 1982, and the “Vatican II Generation,” meaning religious men and women born between 1943 and 1960.

    Millennials are far more likely to say they entered religious life out of a desire for commitment to the church, and that they entered their specific community because of its reputation for fidelity to the church. They’re more likely to wear habits, more likely to say that devotions such as Eucharistic adoration and the Liturgy of the Hours are “very important,” less eager to do ministry in non-Catholic or non-confessional settings, and more positive in their attitudes about authority.

    The corollary is that religious orders which foster a more traditional ethos tend to have better luck attracting younger members. One sign of which way the winds are blowing: Just one percent of women’s communities belonging to the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, known for having a more liberal outlook, currently have more than 10 new members in initial formation, whereas a robust 28 percent of communities belonging to the Conference of Major Superiors of Women, known for being more conservative, have 10 or more members in the early stages of membership.

    To put all this into a sound-bite, the next generation of religious will be more ethnically diverse and more traditional.

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    pioxiiFedi universali – Cinque cliché da sfatare per ripensare il cattolicesimo – di John L. Allen Jr. – 9 Novembre 2008

    Visto da fuori, il Vaticano sembra resistente al cambiamento e sordo agli scandali. Ma, in verità, la più antica istituzione religiosa del mondo somiglia poco alla chiesa misteriosa immaginata dai teorici della cospirazione. Oggi il Cattolicesimo attrae milioni di nuovi fedeli che abbracciano come credo le tradizioni clericali del dibattito e dell’indipendenza. Sono almeno cinque i cliché che la Chiesa Cattolica sta capovolgendo. (altro…)

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