Fr. Jerry Pokorsky: The Failure of the Persuasion Strategy

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By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky, Catholic Culture, March 13, 2023

Fr. Jerry Pokorsky is a priest of the Diocese of Arlington who has also served as a financial administrator in the Diocese of Lincoln. Trained in business and accounting, he also holds a Master of Divinity and a Master’s in moral theology. …


Church leaders frequently stress the need for vigorous evangelization. But recent results are disappointing. How might we attract more souls to the Church?

The rhetoric of persuasion has its place in all walks of life. Kindliness and compromise are cornerstones of human relations. Politicians craft political platforms with as many planks as necessary to appeal to the most voters. But there are limits to the language of persuasion, even among the experts. Good politicians stand by their principles but negotiate prudential judgments on the edges. Bad politicians are like Groucho Marx, who said, “Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them… well, I have others.” …

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