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By Robert Shaffern, Crisis Magazine, Oct. 6, 2022

Robert W. Shaffern is a Professor of Medieval History at the University of Scranton and the author of The Penitents’ Treasury: Indulgences in Latin Christendom, 1175-1375.

Avatar photoPews become emptier and emptier
. More and more persons of Catholic background find virtually no meaning in the Faith of their ancestors.

The Covid pandemic, during which the obligation for Sunday Mass was suspended, surely is blameworthy. Those of easy habit now find themselves less eager to return for Sunday worship; others are perhaps still fearful of contracting the disease, even though churches have not been identified as sources for its spread.

Covid, however, cannot be the only explanation. While uninspiring liturgy must rank among the most important reasons, another is highly responsible: the almost monopolistic harping about the marginalized. …

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