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I found the following talk (in three parts) that Fr. Rolheiser delivered called- Middle-aged Catholics: Missing in Action?  In this lecture he explores a wide range of topics around the state of the church in this increasingly secular world.

The entire talk takes less than an hour and each segment is a little over 15 minutes. Each section overlaps a bit so I have decided to post them together. If  you only have time for one then go right to the end and listen to Fr. Rolheiser’s  prescriptions for the road forward.

Part 1: Fr. Rolheiser sets the stage for his talk and offers up a the top 10 list on why people don’t go to church. Most of Part 1 is focused on the 5 reasons “conservative Catholics” argue that post Vatican II started the ball rolling downhill.

Part 2: Fr. Ron continues with the top 10 reasons Catholics (all Christians) are missing in action in our churches. He completes the 5 reasons “liberal Catholics” offer as an explanation for the decline in attendance. (This list actually begins in Part 1.) Towards the end we start to hear some other theories offered by different scholars and theologians.

Part 3: Having reported on different aspects of the problem of the missing church goers, Fr. Ron offers 10 prescriptions for the road ahead. Each one is a challenge and relates directly to the call of Jesus to be a faith-filled members of  his church.

Ronald Rolheiser, is a Roman Catholic priest and member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, is president of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. He is a community-builder, lecturer and writer. His books are popular throughout the English-speaking world and his weekly column is carried by more than seventy newspapers worldwide. (including the Catholic Register)

2 Responses to “Middle-Aged Catholics: Missing in Action?”

  1. […] and hence a member of His church. I have used the material presented by Fr. Richard Rohr and Fr. Ron Rolheiser as the basis for developing a list of non-negotiables for becoming a faithful servant of the […]