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Archbishop Challenges Catholic Colleges To Evangelize

Saying that "the Church exists to evangelize," Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston, challenged Boston College as well as other Catholic colleges and universities to evangelize students and attempt to stop what he called "the crisis of absenteeism at the Sunday Eucharist," according to BC's student newspaper The Heights. Recent studies have indicated that mass attendance declined significantly, and nearly one in eight left the Church before graduation at Catholic colleges.
After asserting the importance of the Eucharist, and thus explaining the "crisis" of not attending Mass, the Cardinal focused on what the plan should be to bring Catholics back to church in our modern age. Cardinal O'Malley's goal is to turn "consumers into disciples."He addressed the problem of modern Christians losing their belief in God and instead worshipping "money, power, and pleasure." He has attacked this modern problem with a modern program, the "Catholics Come Home" outreach effort, which included television commercials that sought to inspire Catholics to return to the church. Outside of this initiative, the Cardinal expressed his view that it is the general responsibility of all Catholics to be evangelists. "The Church exists to evangelize, to announce the good news of God's love," he said. The Cardinal said that the problem with modern Catholics is that they have become "reticent about being Catholic," while they should be open about their faith and open to the idea of inviting their friends, family, and coworkers to attend mass with them. "In a modern society that is highly individualistic, we must communicate that discipleship means being part of God's family," he said. The Cardinal humorously depicted this situation, suggesting that Catholics were once "fishers of men," but have now become "keepers of the aquarium." Cardinal O'Malley offered up one of his favorite quotes from John Paul II, "Do not be afraid," as his best advice for modern Catholics. He said that he wants Catholics to be fearlessly open about their faith and to be proactive about building a worship community. "Young Catholics need to find a welcoming faith community at universities," the Cardinal said.
The Cardinal said that he believes the introduction of the new Catholic Missal will allow Catholics to focus on the importance of the Eucharist again. To read more, check out The Heights.

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