Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York said in an interview recently that there are three key things that attract new folks to the Catholic Church: the sacrament of penance, the role of the pope, and our devotion to Mary.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on Cardinal Dolan’s statement. When I read that, I thought that hasn’t been my experience in the 30 years I’ve been involved in initiation ministry.
If these three things are issues at all for the inquirers, they are issues that require a lot of catechesis and conversion. They are not usually the reason inquirers show up, asking about Jesus or about Catholicism.
What is your experience? What draws people to the church in your area? What do your inquirers think of as the “best of” the Catholic Church that attracts them?
If you want to read the interview, you can find it here.