Seven Hopes for the Christian (and Church) of the Future

In his 1981 book Concern for the Church, Jesuit theologian Karl Rahner made his famous prediction, "the Christian of the future will be a mystic or he will not exist at all."A third of a century later, has Rahner's prediction come to pass? The "not exist at all" part seems ominously real, as more and more congregations face declining membership, a shortage of priests, nuns, monks and volunteers, and difficulty raising enough money to pay for clergy salaries or building maintenance. But I t … [Read more...]