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The shepherds have to go out and find the lost sheep again. Here’s how.

By John Clark, EWTN News, August 13, 2021

John Clark John Clark is an online-homeschool course developer for Seton Home Study School, a speechwriter, and the author of two books, Who’s Got You? …


John ClarkThe past few weeks have witnessed more bishops restoring the obligation of Sunday Mass in their dioceses, but if the expectation is that everyone will return just as prior to the COVID-19 restrictions, they should prepare to be disappointed. Some Catholics feel like they have been mistreated and ignored during the past 16 months, and they are in no hurry to return to the pews. At this stage, it is not enough for priests to sit idly by and hope for their return. It is time for the shepherds to go out and find the lost sheep. I offer three ideas for helping to accomplish that.

First, the clergy must admit that many members of the laity have been mistreated since March 2020.

One Sunday last year, I showed up for Mass only to be told that the church was already at “full capacity.” (This policy was the result of an executive order from Virginia’s governor. That same governor, by the way, had seen fit to sign grisly pro-abortion legislation — on Good Friday.) …