Dealing with brokenness, and the unwillingness to admit mistakes

Joe Paprocki, the author of “A Church On the Move,” says Catholic parishes are in trouble “because most folks today don’t recognize their need to be saved” and “have little reason to squeeze churchgoing into their busy schedules.”

At the same time, Paprocki writes, “the church is no longer in a position to point fingers at sinners.” Instead, “it must focus on brokenness — the brokenness that is part of the human condition and that all of us share.” I think we could get into a long, complicated, and perhaps not very helpful discussion about his first assumption, but I think his remedy is right on target. Although there are some ways in which our culture seems to fixate on brokenness (the tabloid press, radio and TV talk channels, and self-help publishing industry would wither without it), in many other ways it tends to punish brokenness.

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