Sunday, August 28, 2005

Catholic with a Southern Complexion

A Catholic story on a London Times piece about Catholics in the South.

The London Times (I can't link directly to the story. Type in "young Catholic" on their search engine) .

IN THE popular imagination, religion in the US Deep South, home of
rednecks, Scarlett O’Hara and the Ku Klux Klan, was always a heady mixture of
Confederate pride, bigotry and hellfire fundamentalism. But things are changing,
and one of the most striking changes is the rapid growth of a Catholic Church
with a particularly Southern complexion. ...

This New Catholicism is young and optimistic, but it is unlikely to
tolerate the open dissent that went with the 1970s and the “cultural
Catholicism” of generations past. That form of Catholicism is dying, and its
death is symbolised by the northern US parishes with plummeting congregations, a
shortage of priests and huge debts as they pay off child-abuse scandals. It
seems that in the parishes where “anything goes”, everybody went.

H/T And God's First.