Proclaiming the contents of the Catechism more loudly and in more detail not the answer says Tablet correspondent

Proclaiming the contents of the Catechism more loudly and in more detail not the answer says Tablet correspondent

In news from Britain and Ireland (19 January), The Catholic weekly “The Tablet” reported that the Bishop of Dunkeld has launched a Year of Re-Evangelisation aimed at bringing lapsed Catholics back to Mass. The method is the usual one in these circumstances, namely more concentrated catechesis. A respondent asked why do bishops always suppose that the solution to low Mass attendance is to proclaim the contents of the Catechism more loudly and in more detail? Why do they never suggest considering the message itself, to try to discover if there are aspects that might lack credibility for ordinary people?

If they did, it would reveal some fundamental details of Christian belief that require revision, as they are just not credible in today’s world, and that modern theologians provide alternative, helpful insights. It would also reveal that going to Mass is not always a very fulfilling experience for many people, for a variety of reasons.

Getting people into Mass seems a poor objective for a programme of evangelisation.

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