The Church I have known all my life is in free fall numerically.
I'm talking about Sunday attendance in everyday parishes.
This is not conceptual: one parish Mary and I served for six and a half years has recently closed. (Yes, it's been there since 1832, and now is literally a shell, the congregation having gone formally out of existence!) Another church we served, also for six years but out on Long Island, has seen its attendance fall so drastically that its diocese wants to convert it into a different kind of ministry altogether.
But this podcast is not a list of what went wrong, but what could be done right. The lesson, dear reader, comes from a little movie called The Gallant Hours. This movie's got just about everything you need to know, about everything.