Over at his blog at The American Conservative, Rod Dreher shares a couple of emails from readers about their experiences in the Catholic Church in both Canada and the United States.
The stories are awful, but they’re not surprising. The gist of it is that almost nobody at the Catholic schools these people have experienced (either as teachers or students) actually believes what the Church believes. Some of them actively mock orthodoxy and work against those teachings and beliefs.
It’s the same story I’ve been hearing for my entire life. The number of Catholics on the books in the world is around 1.2 billion, but the number of people who actually practice the faith? I’d be surprised if it were more than a tenth of that. (And some people I’ve talked to say they think I’m being overly generous with that estimate.)