Although no longer a practicing Catholic, this Bear grew up as a Catholic. I attended grades one (1) through six (6) at Gesu Catholic School, in Toledo.
(Toledo has a pretty high Catholic population......probably owing to all the immigrant familes the came to the area in the late 1800's and early 1900's.)
The Catholc Church is facing some interesting dilemmas.
The health of the pope. Even the most casual observer can see that the pope doesn't have much time left. Like it or not, the person who sits in that position has an incredible influence on politics in the world. It will be interesting to follow this story as it progresses and to see what type of person becomes the next pope.
The ongoing crisis concerning priests and sex. When I was a young Bear we all made jokes about the priests and the nuns....."doing it". We thought that they were just jokes.
Here in Toledo, a nun was murdered back in the 1980's and a Catholic priest was just charged with that murder (within the last year). The trial hasn't started yet but the local newspaper is reporting that other priests and Catholic lay people are being investigated. There is hinting that during the time of the nun's murder there were "cult" activities involving children, priests, sex, abandoned houses, and all kinds of other weird stuff.
Many Catholic dioceses are in financial trouble. Using Toledo as an example, the large Northwestern Ohio (Toledo) Diocese is in the midst of closing numerous churches and schools. Declining church rolls, declining school enrollment (except for some very very populat bigger schools).....these are having big effects.
The national news has indicated that the same thing is going on in places such as New York City.
Any thoughts from Cyburbians.......Cyburbian Catholics.......?