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The Year of Faith, the new evangelization, and me


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The Church opened a new Year of Faith on Oct. 11, the fiftieth anniversary of the beginning of Vatican II in 1962, and the twentieth anniversary of the release of the Catechism of the Catholic Church in 1992. All three of these Church events, of course, were (are) intended to present the Catholic faith in a way that speaks to the people of today, challenging us to live it as our path to union with our Father God in heaven, to love it, and to spread it.

The challenge couldn't come at a more opportune time. The Pew Survey on Religion has just revealed that the number of Americans who don't identify with any religious denomination has increased 5 percent in the past 5 years, from 15 to 20 percent. While Roman Catholicism is the single largest denomination in the country, the number of ex-Catholics would be the second largest denomination, as one in ten Americans are fallen-away Catholics. There seems to be a dramatic move away from organized religion, to secularism, atheism, and new-age "spirituality" divorced from religion.

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