It’s Good To Live In A Two-Daily Town (Cathaholic Edition)

Sunday’s Boston Herald had local Catholics coming home.

Sunday’s Boston Globe had them going away.

First, the Herald:

The story:

Prodigal parishioners return to church

Boston Archdiocese reaches out to halt plummeting Mass attendance

The Boston Archdiocese’s largest effort in a generation to reach lapsed Catholics is drawing wandering souls back to the church’s open arms, but the biggest obstacle could be keeping them, priests and parishioners say.The archdiocese, still suffering fallout from the clergy sex abuse crisis and parish closings, is hoping to bring back thousands of the formerly faithful through Catholics Come Home, a series of TV ads airing during Lent, coupled with a grass-roots push at parishes. Fewer than 20 percent of Catholics in the Boston area attend Mass each Sunday, down from nearly 80 percent in the 1960s.

With two weeks left to go in the media campaign, the Herald says, it seems to be working:

“I was doing laundry and that stopped me in my tracks, that made me cry,” said Jackeline Rolon, 36, who was so moved by one of the TV ads she started going to Mass at St. Stephen’s in Framingham. She stopped going to church when she was 15. But the ad drew a flood of memories of her grandma, who walked her to church every Sunday in her native Puerto Rico, and her late father, a devout Catholic.

Meanwhile, the Herald’s crosstown rival has gone out-of-town with Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley on his recent trips to Ireland to review, at the Vatican’s request, the Archdiocese of Dublin’s response to its clergy sexual abuse crisis.

(O’Malley being such a hardened veteran of clergy-abuse damage control and all.)

The Sunday Globe’s Page One:

Big takeouts here and here.

Your bitter recriminations go here.

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3 Responses to It’s Good To Live In A Two-Daily Town (Cathaholic Edition)

  1. CJ says:

    My elderly, devout Catholic, mother hates the ads saying it makes them sound like those oddball religions that routinely advertise for followers. As for me, a lapsed Catholic, the ads do nothing because I see the Church as having done nothing at all to address reasons why people have left them in droves. Trying to imply by advertising that people are returning because of X, Y, or Z, is deceptive, and wishful thinking. Just saying doesn’t make it so. They haven’t addressed the reasons behind their behavior during the entire abuse problem. Nobody has suffered any punishment because of how they handled things, including Cardinal Law, who has a comfy retirement in Rome. They haven’t addressed any issues of openness in their dealings with followers, and still look at this as their Church which they provide for us, instead of our Church which they operate for us. In short, they don’t get it. Until they do, and leaders with their eyes firmly focused on the past, such as the Pope and many of his Cardinals and Bishops, will continue its downward spiral in followers. We are sick to death of dealing with rigid corporate bureaucracies, and they are worse than that.

  2. CJ says:

    Addendum to above. As for the Globe vs the Herald in positions, it’s entirely what I would expect as it is four square in synch with each paper’s view in most issues.

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