The middle of the 20th century was a heyday for the Australian Catholic Church.
Priests who came of age during that period took its widespread success for granted. Now, well into the 21st century, it is in calamitous decline – in fact, returning to normal.
I lament that we were not nimble enough to see how the ideological and moralistic official stance was alienating generations. Only clergy can have final authority in the Church. Support La Croix International's unique blend of international Catholic journalism by making it available to people in Asia and Africa who can't afford a subscription and often don't have credit cards to pay for it either.
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