When we talk about the Catholic Church, we’re talking about two kinds of people: the faithful and the non-follower.
Catholicism, after all, is a faith that claims that faith should be shared and celebrated.
But the truth is, most of us are in the latter category.
This week, the church is facing a crisis of faith, as millions of Americans flock to churches that have seen their congregations shrink in recent years.
Many, many Americans are rejecting the teachings of the church and instead seeking the support of others to fulfill their religious obligations.
This crisis is particularly acute in the wake of the recent papal visit to America.
It’s a situation that Catholics have been forced to face for centuries.
When the papacy visited the United States, the US bishops called upon Americans to repent, or “pare back.”
This meant that, under the leadership of the pope, American Catholics would be required to go back to the ways of the past.
In other words, to conform to the values of the early church, they would have to leave the faith behind.
The papacy’s decision to leave American Catholics in the dust, however, came with a caveat.
“We have to be careful in this moment because our church is the church of love and reconciliation,” Bishop John J. Cate wrote in his Encyclical on the Church’s Mission.
“Therefore, as we go forward, we must be aware that, in order to be faithful to our faith, we will have to change our behavior, our ways of life, our habits, and our attitudes.”
This is not an easy decision to make, especially given the current state of our society.
It has been called a “cultural cleansing” of the United, and many American Catholics feel that it’s a necessary step to protect the church.
We have been told that the Catholic church needs to “reform,” that it must be more inclusive and that it needs to be more accepting.
But we are not being asked to “conform.”
It is our responsibility to find a way to be “the church of the poor” and “the house of God.”
We need to be willing to be the “church of the faithful.”
We can’t be the church that “takes no prisoners.”
The church needs the people who are not followers to share its faith with them, even when they are not believers.
This is true even for those who claim to follow Jesus and are not faithful.
For example, we have seen in recent months the rise of the “spiritual hunger” movement among the poor.
These hunger strikers have taken to the streets of cities like New York and Chicago to protest against the high cost of living and to demand an end to poverty and homelessness.
A growing number of Americans are seeking the help of Catholics, including members of the clergy.
In the midst of this crisis, however.
there is a serious concern that Catholics are becoming more and more “un-Catholic.”
This is an alarming development.
It may not sound like much, but it’s worth considering.
Catholics are in fact becoming less and less Catholic in our society, according to statistics from the Pew Research Center.
In 2014, for example, just 4 percent of American Catholics were religiously unaffiliated, down from 9 percent in 2010.
This decline was due to many factors, including the growing number who are leaving the church, the rising number of Catholics who have been baptized, and the declining number of converts to the Catholic faith.
What does this mean for our church?
What should we be doing differently?
The question is, what can we do to avoid becoming the church we’ve been taught to be?
There are two paths to be Catholic in American life.
One is to follow the path of love, the other is to be like Jesus.
I’m not sure which path we should choose.
Many Americans today believe that the church must be a more welcoming place for all people, especially for those in need.
This belief has been promoted by the “culture wars,” which have been waged on the basis of religious identity.
The culture wars have largely focused on social issues, such as gay marriage and abortion.
It is a belief that is widely held in America today, and it is often based on the premise that people who do not fit into traditional religious categories are less worthy of our love and support.
In fact, one study found that while many Americans have a very positive attitude toward LGBT people, only about 15 percent of Americans hold that view.
This leads many Americans to believe that gay marriage is an affront to God.
In truth, the issue of marriage is rooted in the history of marriage and is not necessarily tied to sexual orientation.
Some may even believe that we need to keep Catholics from being more inclusive of the nonbelievers in our midst.