Faith in the Future
It is commonplace now to say that the Catholic Church in Ireland is in crisis. It is equally common to refer to the fact that the Chinese character for ‘crisis’ indicates both danger and opportunity. There is a clearly downward graph in many areas e.g. Mass attendance, finances, vocations to the priesthood and religious life, missionary enthusiasm, influence in the public square. Many of those who reflect on this reality would say that the basic issue underlying the crisis manifest in the various difficulties we are experiencing at present is the issue of faith. So it is important to reflect on this issue and on how it might be addressed.