I am a lifelong faithful Catholic approaching my seventh decade. Born in the 1950s, I came of age in the 1960s, entered religious life and eventually married in the 1970s. Forty-five years later, being a Catholic remains at the heart and soul of my core.
I have long been disheartened and discouraged by the dismantling of Vatican II under past papal regimes. My tenacious efforts to remind church officials of the spirit’s work in the Council seemed futile.
That’s why I found “Future Church: New Polling on Catholic Millennials” (Vol. XXXVI, No. 1) so refreshing and inspiring. The survey clearly measures a contemporary church—that is, the people of God, rooted in social justice, emphasizing the primacy of conscience and reflecting gospel values of mercy and inclusion. It shows a robust support for reproductive rights, individual freedom and a more open church. In addition, we got to hear the voices of some survey participants, who spoke with the ring of truth about subjects that have vexed Catholics like me for decades.
Thank you for this valuable witness.
Co-Editor, Corpus Reports