SUMMER SYMPOSIUM: The Future of Catholicism

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Way back in 2010 Patheos spent a summer looking at the Future of Religion and asking people where they thought the churches, and faith itself, was headed. Our collection of Catholic writers and thinkers looked at issues like the rise of the digital faithful, the possibility of married priests, the vocational numbers and what they mean, and much more.It was only five years ago, but upon re-reading some of those pieces, they seem to be from a wholly different era; no one was then predicting … [Read more...]

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Catholicism’s Future: Love and Mercy, with Scoldings

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"It is a fearsome thing, to fall into the hands of the living God." (Hebrews 10:31)Who are people more likely to call a "scold", Pope Francis or Pope Benedict?I don't know the answer to that question. Perhaps someone, somewhere has the energy to study papal speeches and -- possibly by comparing the number of times a pope said "Jesus Christ" to the number of times he said "capitalism" or "the poor" or "sin" or "the environment", or "mercy" -- deduce from those calculations a narrative in … [Read more...]

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