• Sue Whittaker
    November 11, 2014 Reply

    I originate from NYS just up the river from NYC, left in 1955 and have lived in 6 different States in the South. I now live in S.C. and our new church holds 1200 people for one Mass and we have 3 on Sunday…one Sat. eve. Most of the people one meets comes from N.J. or N.Y.
    or Conn and Ohio. They move here because living in those Northern States is too expensive. So the Southern Churches are filling up. I think that is one of your main problems. Also businesses are moving South because it is less expensive to operate and has been for years. My husband worked in NYC and his company left in the late 1950’s. .

    • John Dila
      November 23, 2014 Reply

      Sounds like a likely reason. I don’t know the answer to this but perhaps you have a view: Let’s say people (like you and others you know) moved South, out of NYC, due to the high cost/prices in NYC. But the population of NYC has not gone down (from the NYT earlier this year: “New York City may be an expensive place to live. Jobs are not easy to find, even as the city rebounds from the recession. And the public transit system is not always reliable or comfortable. But despite the challenges of city living, the city’s population is growing in ways not seen in decades.”) So my question is, since the population is actually flat and growing in recent years, the question of why those New Yorkers are not going to church remains. What is the root cause of non-attendance?

  • Mary Holtorf
    November 11, 2014 Reply

    These are indeed hard times for the Catholic Church. I love being Catholic, I love Pope Francis. He cares about people first. All of our priests, bishops and cardinals need this people first attitude. The questions the Church should be asking is, “how do we feed our people?” And then do it.

  • Lynda Roman
    November 12, 2014 Reply

    I will always recommend Catholic Schools as a great source of education. However for me after being laid off from work it was just something I could no longer afford. After placing my daughter in public school, it broke my heart to hear her say, “mommy they don’t say grace before eating lunch.” The major layoffs a couple of years ago I’m sure also contributed to a lower enrollment into catholic schools.

  • Joe H.
    November 13, 2014 Reply

    Another factor is the biased, negative, anti-Catholic news media that uses every opportunity to make the Church look bad.
    Prayers, & best wishes,
    Joe H. from Wisconsin.

  • DottieDay
    November 13, 2014 Reply

    I am a member of the Baltimore Catechism generation — the last generation unapologetically catechized the “old fashioned” way. Even so, I lost my faith and stopped “showing up” for forty years. I was busy partnering with the times — Church teaching didn’t fit what I wanted. So I drifted away rather like Sandra Bullock in “Gravity.” But I’m back. My message to those who have gone missing is about the fabulous perks that come with Catholicism. There is the call to Obedience. The relief of letting a loving Mother Church guide us to right and away from wrong things. There is sacramental supernatural grace. There is God waiting for us in the confessional when we go wrong. There is Divine nourishment. There is sublime liturgy that puts us as close to Heaven as we’re ever going to get while in NYC. There is a Communion of Saints. There is Divine mystery… profound, inexplicable awesome mystery. There is everything in the Church that we need to live happily ever after. The only thing the Church is not giving us is free lunch. And we all know there is no such thing as that anyway.

  • Christine N.
    November 16, 2014 Reply

    I have worked in Catholic education for 12 years. I never want to work anywhere else. With the chaos ensuing in public schools, Catholic education is a viable and underutilized resource. It is not promoted efficiently, letting the public know about this “diamond in the rough” alternative. Schools that are thriving need to be SUPPORTED and schools that are languishing need to be restructured or merged, not closed. We work in Catholic education because we BELIEVE in it, and because it creates a new generation of youth who benefit from a high quality education, but also leave to face the world with a strong. moral foundation that is so desperately needed in today’s society. If not us, then who will do it?

  • John Dila
    November 23, 2014 Reply

    Thank you for the thoughts, Cardinal Dolan. What are the top 3 reasons why Catholics “aren’t showing up anymore in their parishes”? Will those be the drivers behind the Pope’s “new evangelization” strategy?


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