Agree or Disagree: The Catholic Church has become irrelevant


Agree or Disagree: The Catholic Church has become irrelevant

Today was the first day of conclave. 115 cardinals have gathered to elect the Roman Catholic Church’s next Pope.

For many, this is an important decision. They respect the decision and value the wisdom of the Pope as he provides spiritual guidance.

For others, there is anger and a distance towards the Catholic Church. They will site their views on same sex marriage and abortion as one problem. The other being how they have handled  the issues surrounding Priests abusing children. They have questioned the Catholic Church’s relevancy. They will also site that Priests should be married and woman should be ordained as preists

Michael Coren argues that while the church might have been at a crossroads, it is still relevant. He responds to several critiques of the church and ends his article with this comment.

“Finally, “nobody cares about the church anymore.” Of course they don’t. Which is why there are 5,000 journalists in Rome right now. Amen.”

What do you think? Is the Catholic Church still relevant?

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One response to “Agree or Disagree: The Catholic Church has become irrelevant

  1. I suppose you have to ask to who is the Catholic church irrel;evant. In a media sense it’s still relevant.. Which is why there are 5000 journalists in Rome right now.
    About a decade ago, Western Catholic Churches reported a drop in the number of people going to confessional booths.
    That small sign perhaps indicated the start of a dramatic change in the way Western Catholics would see their church.
    Today, as sex abuse scandals rock the church, it seems thousands of Catholics in Australia, the US and Europe rarely, if ever, go to confession. They clearly do not believe that Father knows best.
    The Catholic faithful may still follow the church’s basic teachings.
    But their values are increasingly diverging when it comes to issues such as birth control, women’s rights, homosexuality and celibacy.
    BTW, I think this blog is a great way to discuss important issues. Thanks from a brother journo (from Australia)

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