How a Redlands Catholic church got twenty people to come back to the faith

Holy Name of Jesus Parish began the Catholics Returning Home program not knowing what to expect

“We are here for you,” Deacon Mike Bellinder explains as he makes eye contact with those seated around a large wooden table. Looking back at him are men and women of different ages and backgrounds in a small, private room at The Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Redlands. They’ve joined Catholics Returning Home, a program designed to welcome back those who’ve lost connection to … [Read more...]

How decades of divorce helped erode religion

Two trends in American society might have something to do with each other

The following comes from a September 27 Washington Post article by Julie Zauzmer: Divorce rates climbed to the highest levels ever in the 1980s, when about half of all marriages ended in divorce. And in the present day, Americans are rapidly becoming less religious. Since 1972, the share of Americans who say they do not adhere to any particular religion has increased from … [Read more...]

Americans giving up on God, miracles

Clergy sex abuse scandal, church's teachings on homosexuality are examples of why some dislike organized religion

The following comes from an August 24 Washington Examiner article by Paul Bedard: Half of Americans who have left their church no longer believe in God, leading a surge of nearly one quarter of the nation who have no affiliation with any religion, according to a new survey. Pew Research Center said Wednesday that 49 percent of what they term "nones" left their church and … [Read more...]