George Weigel recently wrote a column about the decline of the Catholic faith in the Province of Quebec. There’s one paragraph from that column, or actually one sentence or two that I want to talk about.
Le quart vide de catholicisme in North America is about to become this continent’s premier state-sponsored killing ground of the inconveniently ill and elderly; and it seems likely that the severely disabled won’t be far behind. Yet Québec’s Catholic leadership is virtually invisible in public life, and there is little indication that the New Evangelization has gotten any significant traction here.”
Why is this the case? Why has the New Evangelization gained so little traction? I think this is a question that needs to be seriously contemplated. I would suggest that it has to do, first and foremost, with worship.
Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi, Lex Vivendi. As we worship, so we believe, so we live. Until we have a reform of the the Liturgy within the Church and return to the Traditions of the Church which have been cast aside over the last 50 or 60 years, the New Evangelization won’t bear any fruit in a religious desert like Quebec.