Zubik & church’s challenges
Bishop David Zubik says, “We need to make our worship better.” ( “‘We need to make our worship better,’ Pittsburgh Bishop Zubik says” ). Very true. But good luck if you think better homilies and better music will transform this diocese.
Perhaps with stronger, manly preaching without regard to those who perceive the truth as offensive and pastoral attention for the souls of those in your flock, rather than an assessment of the size of their wallets, the church in Pittsburgh may again flourish.
It is inconsistent to hear about parish financial troubles; the Church Alive drive pledges exceeded its target by 84 percent. If you would cease demanding money from those in your flock, maybe they would be more able to support their own parishes.
Zubik talks about 2025 and 115 priests. It’s a 24/7 vocation; don’t complain, do your job. Don’t bore us with scare talk about deacons and lay leaders. Neither of these groups can confect the Eucharist nor furnish absolution.
Zubik talks about consultation sessions as if they mean something. That is a joke. There seems to be no direct path to correspond with you — so much for needing to hear from people. He talks about enlivening people’s faith yet seems to be most interested in financial stability, new types of ministry and hospitality.
If the current wisdom prevails — fewer churches and fewer Orthodox priests — then the diocese will experience even more “Empty pews correlate with dwindling coffers.”
Peter A. Caruso