Leaving a faith community when we know we can no longer stay.
Melinda Henneberger. former columnist with USA Today grapples with the deep sadness of leaving a faith community when we know we can no longer stay.
However she also said that she had many more heartfelt letters from Catholics across the country who said they'd come to the same conclusion as she had , or were "hanging on by a thread," and some of those priests and pastoral workers.
In deciding to leave one Church she says, “It's like moving to a new country, but without knowing which one. Maybe one where I know the language? When some well-intentioned person told me about an Episcopal church near me that's so large I could go there and be totally anonymous, I thought, well if I wanted to worship where no one ever spoke to me, I'd stay Catholic!”
Of course you hope to find the promised land but new religious homes have their problems too! Melinda said, “Of course I will check out our closest cousins, though I have to confess that I laughed a little too hard years ago when an editor told me he was a lapsed Episcopalian, "and that's like falling out of a first-story window."”
Well I hope Melinda finds her home and congratulate her on finding her voice and not being intimidated by those who would sweep problems under the carpet. The time for such sweeping has long gone, as one commentator put it “so many things have been swept under the carpet for so long in the Church the carpet now resembles a skate board park”