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Catholic bishops are now lamenting the effects of COVID on church participation, consequences of Joe Biden becoming president and young people deserting the life of the Church — this, from a study conducted by Francis Maier of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C.
Francis Maier: "Ideas have consequences."
Maier received mixed responses from the 28 bishops he spoke with from December through February, almost all of whom were from the United States.
Of their regrets, the first related to the China virus.
The prelates predicted a 25- to 40% drop in Mass attendance, even after the virus passes. Not mentioned in the survey was that most bishops were united in their resolve to shut down public Mass and greatly reduce access to the other sacraments.
Cardinal Raymond Burke: "These forces tell us that we are now the subject of the so-called Great Reset."
The second episcopal lamentation was the election of fake Catholic Joe Biden, with his undying support for prenatal murder and sodomite marriage, and his attack on religious liberty.
Not mentioned, however, were the bishops' deafening silence before the election and the impact on countless lives and souls of an anti-life, anti-Catholic Catholic becoming president.
Fr. James Altman: "You cannot be Catholic and be a Democrat."
A third regret in the survey was that of young people exiting the Church.
While the bishops noted the love of Jesus Christ and His Church among young people was their greatest encouragement, their biggest pain was seeing young Catholics abandon their faith.
PBS news anchor: "The biggest generational drop-off [in claims to faith] is with Millennials."
Nowhere in the survey did they admit that terrible catechesis, milquetoast homilies and man-centered liturgies may have contributed to the indifference in young people. Many note a dearth of masculinity and the lack of challenge within the Church for decades.
One other thing mentioned was the frustration of having a pope who breeds confusion with his ambiguous comments and actions.
Pope Francis: "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has goodwill, who am I to judge?"
All of the bishops reported not having a single seminarian being inspired to the priesthood by Pope Francis, which is much different than the papacies of John Paul II and Benedict.
Francis Maier: "John Paul II and Benedict XVI embodied that. They really understood the importance of faith and reason."
Faithful Catholics believe these points of remorse expressed by bishops ought to be accompanied by some self-reflection. A call to responsibility and courage seems most needed especially for the shepherds.