Magazine article Commonweal

Where the Gospel Lives or Dies

Magazine article Commonweal

Where the Gospel Lives or Dies

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I will forego the invitation to think in cosmic terms about the church, choosing to focus briefly on the parochial. My church is a large, ornate, and grandiose edifice, conceived in the last days of ecclesial architectural excess and not yet paid for. Each week now the disparity between income and budgeted bare needs is about $2,500.

Strangely, this time of serious financial need coincides with a time of faith and hope and generous giving on the part of our small band of hard-pressed leaders. Our priests are intelligent, loving, inspired. They speak the word of God and live it, making it known to us clearly, sharing the small joys and many sorrows of this community of believers.

Each morning I hear the petitions of those of us who can speak English. Through them we share one another's joys and troubles. Commonweal's editors ask about "obsessive preoccupation with the church's structures. …

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