Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Ethnicity, Faith and the Future of Catholicism

On May 25, 2009, Michael Martin wrote an article for NPR about the concern and apparent problem with the lack of diversity in the Catholic Church. In that week’s Faith Matters Segment. Father Reynaddo Taylor talks about being the first black priest to be ordained by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati in decades. The spiritual leader discusses diversity in the Catholic Church and whether the ethnicity of a priest should even matter to the congregation.
The article brings some interesting points to light and gets some difficult issues out in the open. In a time where the color of one’s skin shouldn’t matter, I do not think that this is a controversial topic and one not to worry about. With all of the serious issues that the Catholic Church is now facing; scandals involving Priests and the diminishing numbers of men that are going into the priesthood, the ethnicity of a person doesn’t seem like something to worry about. I would like to believe that I am a faithful and spiritual person. These are the times that try men’s souls and test ones faith… I believe that God did create the universe and has a purpose, plan and a promise for everything within it. God can move mountains and do miracles; I also believe that he can solve some problems that we have created.

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