With more than a little help from Mary Eberstadt and her new book, How the West Lost God, I suggest here that the seminal challenge facing the Catholic Church today is informing the consciences of people who have little to no experience of life lived in faithfulness to Church teaching. It’s an obstacle when we’ve seen an internalized secularization among all too many people of faith and, in her book, Mary argues that it has just as much to do with our cultural and personal experiences of men and women and marriage in recent decades. It’s all intertwined and rising or falling will happen together, she says in the book. (She’s offers some optimism about the future in a piece in the current issue of a magazine called National Review!)
You can read my brief window into How the West Lost God, on a Knights of Columbus website, here. I also mentioned it this week in my syndicated column, highlighting the countercultural claim that it actually is all about babies, which Cardinal Dolan recently made in front of an ecumenical crowd.