Skip to comments.Catholicism in the South: Once a Strange Religion, Now Forging Ahead With Evangelical Fervor
Posted on 07/02/2012 12:06:36 PM PDT by marshmallow
SHELBY, N.C. The day after a newspaper in the small town of Shelby, N.C., reported that the Te Deum Foundation had acquired nearby land for a new Catholic seminary and monastery, a group of nuns in habits stopped at a local service station.
Fifty years ago 10 years ago and, to some extent, even today many Southerners regarded Catholics as unsaved and Catholicism as a non-Christian mystery religion.
But that day, everyone at the station greeted and welcomed the sisters. One woman even asked the nuns to pray for her injured nephew.
This acceptance marks a sea change in the Southern Baptist and evangelical Protestant-dominated South, where Catholics make up less than 10% of the population, compared with double-digit percentages in most northern states.
The Diocese of Charlotte, where the seminary will be located, is a prime example of Catholicisms explosive growth in the South. Formed in 1972, the diocese had an initial 11,200 registered Catholic families.
By 2010, there were more than 63,000 registered families and an estimated 291,000 unregistered Catholics, including many of Hispanic origin. This brings the total Catholic population up from just 1.3% in 1972 to 9.7% today.
Much of the growth comes from immigration: northern Catholics following technology jobs southward and Catholics arriving from Spanish-speaking countries. But Catholics from the north cant expect to find the pockets of cultural Catholicism typical of the ethnic enclaves of big cities, and Hispanic Catholics wont find a village whose rhythm revolves around feast days.
Within hours of their arrival in the South, newcomers will be welcomed heartily by their Protestant neighbors and invited to their church services.
In such an environment, wrote Father Jay Scott Newman, pastor of St. Marys Church in Greenville, S.C., in his website welcome to parishioners, those who are casual....
(Excerpt) Read more at ncregister.com ...
have found way to many leaders in the church that are not trustworthy and I think this has spilled over to make me hesitant to trust Priests. -- oh, you'll find dumb priests too, but the beauty is that the priest is just the ministerial priest -- we're all priests and during the mass we have our ONE High Priest, Jesus Christ, present in the Eucharist. It's Him there, at every mass all over the world, presiding.
That weak, fallible tool that is the ministerial priest is just a tool for the High Priest.
Ditto for confession, we are confessing to God, the priest is a tool for this. the priest doesn't forgive the sins, God does and the priest follows.
” He said that the sin is in being a drunkard but that drinking wine in itself was not sinful. He said that drinking wine (in moderation) was even encouraged as being healthy and good for the body. “ — that’s straight from proverbs. God gave us a mind to control, we are not animals...
Thank you Cronos. I think I’m really a closet Catholic at heart. It’s really odd how I have always been drawn to the Catholic church but have been a Baptist all my life.
We get blessed by folks revitalizing the Church... but, the main thing is that you are seeking to imitate Christ. That’s the best any of us can try for.
Melinda, we need to talk.:-)
I’m putting you on my prayer list! Daggum!
This is not the official theology on sacramental confession, but it’s part of how I think of it: IF we think that IHS truly forgives us when we repent, IF we think that His forgiveness more than over-balances our own self-condemnation and the judgments of men, If we realio-trulio thought that through and through, we’d have little difficulty in confessing our sins to one another, much less to some guy in his office or “the box.” [cue scary music.]
So one thing I think I’m doing when I approach confession is that I’m training myself in my belief that the most important thing is not the opinion of men but the Love of God. It’s a version of “put your money where your mouth is.” Leaving aside the sacramental part, it’s just a good discipline. I need to do it more than my current once a month, more or less.
(Also, you get to make GREAT jokes. One priest and I keep promising ourselves we’re going to put up a sign outside his “box” saying, “EXPRESS LANE — 7 sins or fewer only!”)
A young (mainland Chinese) man who was baptized this Easter passed me the other say grinning like an idiot. I said, “Aoxing! What’s up?” He said, “I just made my first confession. It was GREAT!”
A lady I sponsored into “full communion” about 6 years ago was so anxious about her first confession that she asked me to sit with her until she went into the pastor’s office. So we kind of sat there awkwardly the way you do before surgery or something. Then she goes in. Maybe 20 minutes later she comes out smiling. I said, “Well?”
She said, “THAT’s the best weight-loss program EVER!”
So, leaving aside the “hafta-gotta” side of it, those Catholics who have had a personal experience of Christ’s love and “know [at least a little] Him whom they have believed” usually experience confession as happy thing.
“Where are they building it?”
Here’s the story:
you couldn't be more wrong....Protestants believe that since Jesus died for the remission of all sin, they can act as they please and reccieve forgiveness.... Catholics recognize the redemption qualities of the crucifixion, but also recognize that Jesus said to His apostles, whose sin you shall forgive, they are forgiven, whose sin you shall retain, they are retained. We bvelieve that confession can forgive sin but ONLY WITH THE CONDITION THAT WE REPENT OF THE SIN AND TRY TO NEVER REPEAT IT.....not quite do as you please...
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