Friday, 29 June 2007
This morning, in a plastic envelope, I received a magazine which I assume many of my colleagues also received.
As you can see, it's all black, with a silhouette of a young man walking away from us towards a bright light, rather like the mother-ship in a sci-fi movie. The magazine has its title 'REALITY' blazoned across the top, and in smaller letters 'Let's get in touch with God's feminine side'.
This edition is titled' Goodbye to all that: Why young people are leaving the church and what the church is doing about it'.
I reached for the bin. Obviously a scientology rag, I thought. But, I paused. I was short of entertainment, and it might be interesting to see what the scientologists were paying all this money for. The mag fell open at the editorial page. There's a picture of the Editor in brown jacket and open-necked shirt and I scanned down for his name. There it was, with CSsR after it. He's apparently a Redemptorist priest, and the publication is some sort of Redemptorist magazine. I'd completely missed the tiny 'Catholic' word on the front cover.
In his editorial, Fr Moloney appeals for opinions about his mag; it's content and design. Well, I'll give it a read, though if he thinks that the reason young people are leaving the Church is because they don't hear enough about God's feminine side, then he doesn't know the young people I know.