Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Spiritual Repair First

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Spiritual Repair First

Article excerpt

In the 1200s, the Catholic Church was such a mess that a vision of Jesus implored St. Francis to "repair my church." After physically rebuilding a few churches, Francis realized spiritual renewal was the true need.

The Catholic Church universally, and in Pittsburgh, is again in danger of ruin. The issues that plagued the church in Francis' time again plague us now: corruption, clericalism, societal irrelevance and insincerity.

The Diocese of Pittsburgh is weeks away from implementing its "On Mission for the Church Alive" initiative, which will attempt to address the declining numbers of clergy and lay faithful through parish consolidations and clergy reassignments. With the repairs we have planned, are we on the brink of making the same mistake Francis initially made: undergoing a structural renovation when a spiritual renewal is what's most critical? …

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