Sacramentalized But Not Evangelized? Maybe You Just Forgot!

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I hear this all the time, on Catholic radio and in Catholic Facebook groups: A majority of American Catholics have been "sacramentalized,"  but never catechized or evangelized.That is, they've gone through sacrament prep classes for First Communion and Confirmation, rote courses, but have never really been given the tools to understand what the Catholic Church teaches and why. That's why they can't be blamed for not knowing what the Church says about, say, abortion or birth control or any of … [Read more...]

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Was Raul Castro Joking About His Return to the Church?

Cuban President Raul CastroBy Agecom Bahia [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

So what do you think:  Was Cuban President Raul Castro mocking Pope Francis when he said that the Holy Father had inspired him, that after reading his speeches and becoming impressed by the Pope's "wisdom and modesty," he might consider returning to prayer and returning to the Catholic Faith?Berta Soler, head of the Cuban human rights movement "Ladies In White", thinks so.  In an interview with Spanish radio station Onda Cero, Soler claimed that Castro was"...mocking the Holy Father when … [Read more...]

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What Do Young Americans Think of Jesus–And How Can We Change Their Minds?

PRAYING HANDS (Betende Hände) by Albrecht Dürer.  Wikimedia Commons.  This photo is in the public domain.

Well, Easter has passed.  We remember with gratitude that Jesus lived, died on the Cross for our sins, and was raised from the dead.But what does that really mean?  Unfortunately, for too many American Christians, it doesn't mean as much as one might hope. A new research report by the Barna Research Group demonstrates that "Americans’ dedication to Jesus is, in most cases, a mile wide and an inch deep.”David Kinnaman, president of the Barna Group, discusses the findings in their phone and … [Read more...]

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