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Commitment to mission will save church

April 27, 2017
Laurette Elsberry

The April 5 Catholic San Francisco included a front-page article suggesting church leadership is a joint effort (“Church leadership a joint effort”). The article indicated that the Catholic Church could suffer from millions of people walking away from it unless everyone joins to revitalize it, the author offers a number of suggestions, most of which have little relevance to the true Catholic faith.

There is only one way the church can be revitalized. The hierarchy and priests must remember and act upon the fact that the mission of the church is to bring souls to Christ. They must continually and firmly instruct the faithful that heaven is their ultimate destination and that obeying the commandments and living a Christ-like life is essential. The clergy who spend their time working for immigration, drivers’ licenses, health care, climate change, welfare benefits, etc., are not following the mission awarded to them by Jesus Christ. The church in this country is failing because of this.

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