Catholics On The March
You would think US Catholics are rather spread in the traditional coastal regions of the North East and in the regions of newer emigration like California, whilst the “Bible Belt” is the unassailable fortress of the Evangelicals. Well, yes, and no.
It turns out Catholics are experiencing healthy growth in the region. So much so, that some dioceses like Charlotte expect to double the number of Catholics in the next 20 years, after healthy growth in the past.
In another rather impressive news, a future seminary and a community of cloistered nuns have united their wallets and bought a rather impressive plot of land of almost 500 acres (to you Europeans, that’s almost 200 hectares, or almost 2 square kilometres) in the same region.
It is rather notable to read that whilst historic seminaries are closed in Europe (because of corruption and homosexuality, like in Austria; or scandalous inefficiency like in Ireland) new ones are built where people still care, and Catholicism receives an infusion of new energy. Where people do not care – and the hierarchy with them – what we have is DVDs explaining to the faithful which churches will be closed (those with conservative, pro-Summorum Pontificum priests, rather), whilst the church leaders ceaselessly insist on how “nuanced” they are.
I rather have the impression the cloistered nuns are not very “nuanced”, and the seminarians destined to come out of the new erected structured might be not much less conservative, either.
Guess where Catholicism will thrive, and where it will languish.