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February 26, 2024, by Russell Shaw, OSV News
Parishes closing or consolidating. Fewer and fewer people at Sunday Mass. An aging corps of priests and not enough new vocations to take their place. These and similar items combine in a pattern of downsizing by the Catholic Church nearly everywhere in America today. [caption id="attachment_34216" align="alignright" width="400"] The cover of “True Confessions” by Francis X. Maier. (OSV News photo/Ignatius Press)[/caption] Other churches are having the same problems. No one has a formula for halting, much less reversing, what's happening. But people who know the Catholic Church well can provide informed assessments along with shrewd guesses about what lies ahead. A generous helping of assessments and guesses is now available in a challenging book called True Confessions (Ignatius Press, $24.95).…


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