Thursday, July 12, 2018
On Facebook the other day, I wrote (I think it was a conversation with Rick!) that the Catholic parishes had preserved a greater element than Protestant congregations of bringing people together across political/cultural divides, because the parishes are more geographical and you don't have the menu of options (like Protestants) do to fit your personal taste. Of course, then I read this.
"As traditional parishes decline, 'personal parishes' find new interest" (National Catholic Reporter)
Increasingly churchgoers are bypassing neighborhood parishes in favor of faith communities that deliver what they are seeking.
Catholic bishops are recognizing the phenomenon and are increasingly willing to designate "personal parishes," communities formally recognized by bishops for particular groups of Catholics versus traditional parishes which minister to Catholics in a geographic territory.