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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Roman Catholic Exodus

According to the Catholic National Reporter, 1 in 10 Catholics are leaving Rome for Protestantism:

People are not becoming Protestants because they disagree with specific Catholic teachings; people are leaving because the church does not meet their spiritual needs and they find Protestant worship service better.

Nor are the people becoming Protestants lazy or lax Christians. In fact, they attend worship services at a higher rate than those who remain Catholic.

Thus, both as believers and as worshipers, Catholics who become Protestants are statistically better Christians than those who stay Catholic. We are losing the best, not the worst.

Pastor Chris Castaldo, a former Roman Catholic, offers some insight as to why (as well as some warnings for Protestants) over at the Gospel Coalition site:

Father Reese’s observations are noteworthy. For instance, he contrasts the reasons why there are more Catholics migrating in an evangelical direction than toward Protestant liberalism. Reese also sets the record straight in explaining the disconnect between the commonly cited reasons for these departures by Catholic clergy—e.g., disagreement with moral stipulations such as contraception, women priests, or divorce—versus actual reasons based on data from the Pew Forum, which indicate that it is something closer to spiritual renewal and attraction to dynamic forms of worship.

You can read the entire post here.

--The Catechizer

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The original article is from 2011, but probably still accurate. However, when I read "People are leaving because the church does not meet their spiritual needs and they find Protestant worship service better," I don't feel any better. I would hope they come because they finally believe the true Gospel and have come to receive justification by faith alone. But, I rather get the sense they are coming because "Evangelical" churches are allowing them to be their own gods, deciding good and evil.

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