The Unaffiliated

What did it mean when you lose twenty-five percent of the audience before the show was half over?

After the annus horribilis that the Church of Rome seems to have suffered this year and over the past few years, the alarming trend for many in their twenties is not to be affiliated, not to affiliate their kids, with God through any organized religion. Was their embarrassment in the United States about their religion? That a young person told to their lover? Was this same embarrassment ever expressed in a semi-annual consultation with God? About all the distance created by all the dogma. Was the cause of the weakening sacramental practice ever talked about?

Twenty-five percent of baptized Roman Catholics in the United States have left the church. In a world with accountability management, did church leaders not really care about all of this?

Population trends. Within a spiritual population living in such a secular world. The news this week about population. Noting that more than 70 percent of registered births in the African-American community occurred outside marriage. Noting that more than a third of registered Irish births occurred outside marriage in the first three months of 2010. In Ireland, Professor of Psychiatry Patricia Casey of University College Dublin called for a national debate on the benefits of raising children in a married setting. Perhaps about the uncritical embrace of our kids and grandkids, against the backdrop of weakening belief in church leaders if not God, over the last three decades. A debate over issues of relevance when religion no longer seemed relevant. When there was no longer a reference point of church leaders to real people.

Marriage as a a reference point. With all of the fears which came out of time and place, for a nomad who had to be aware of his global position. Marriage as a reference point for sex, as co-ordinates beyond just myself. Genuine care, in such a phony world, for the co-ordinates of a lover.

“Where are you Adam?” And where are you going? Within the dominant pagan population. Marriage as a a reference point, as my direction in a world that seemed to be drifting. With the theme of movement. The realization that he cannot, does not want to, live alone. The “Where are you?” question. Just as Martin Zoellick calls for a gold standard, “an admission that the world does not know where it is in relation to where it has come from, and that there is no reference point,” according to Robert Bristow of the Randgold Resources. In a world where people were losing the ability to envision a future. And the alarming part of the story was, per the data, with the loss of vision came the loss of encouragement for others to grab a hold of the vision with me.

It all seemed so based upon fear. Invisible fear that was heard if not seen, felt if not smelled. So this was what life had been like in the 1930s? Or in Russia in 1906, or again in February 1917 and in October 1917. With dates somewhat out of step with the Gregorian calendar, and the rest of the catholic world. Where much closer to these problems, they know what the reality is on the ground in these communities. When the scream of silence lived in the dark on every corner of the villages of Russia.

“The attorneys-general,” said professor Prentiss Cox of the University of Minnesota Law School, “are much closer to these problems. They live in these communities. They know what the reality is on the ground.” As opposed to those leaders in Washington. Or the ones in other European ivy towers.

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  1. paperlessworld on

    Isn’t it a lack of belief, over the long-term, in the leader like Benedict or John Paul II, rather than just a lack of shared belief in God? As women and men confuse a human leader with God, the debate goes on.

    How did a neutral country like Switzerland, survive WWII – unaffiliated – except by playing both sides?

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