Michael Gilchrist's book Lost!, which covers the sorry tale of a generation or more who have been lost to the faith in the Western world, which includes Australia, is a must read for those of us who look on our Catholic religion as a loving mother.
Those who show obedience to the Pope and the Magisterium would be upset to read some of the sad anecdotes, but heartened by the promising stories surrounding the initiatives of quality bishops and the consequences of producing properly trained young men in some of our seminaries where orthodoxy prevails.
We all have our own horror stories at the local level, but Michael Gilchrist, in his position as Editor of AD2000, is able to tap information from around Australia and beyond from reliable sources, indicating that the 'cancer', although not yet terminal, is further advanced than many of the faithful suspect.
I am both amazed and amused that some bishops could preside over falling numbers, both in congregations and seminaries, and be under the illusion that they are on track. Those who have cast aspersions on Michael's book could very well be saying, 'Do you believe me or your own eyes?'
Comparing their 'efforts' with those of a company executive, you would be justified in asking: 'If any managing director (bishop) who continually ignored his company's constitution (Magisterium), took little notice of his chairman (the Pope), whose managing style chased away most of his patrons (congregations), and found it difficult to attract any interested workers (seminarians), would anyone believe he should sit back with free board, telephone and car, overseas travel, great respect and a job for life?