Our Changing Church
Seminary panelists ponder future of thinning Catholic parishes
What will parishes in the Philadelphia Archdiocese look like in the future? Archbishop Charles Chaput and three professors at St. Charles Seminary shared their vision of Catholic communities and how future priests will serve them.
Half of Catholics attending Mass 28 years ago no longer do, figures show
CatholicPhilly.com analyzes the long-term trend of declining attendance at Mass in the Philadelphia Archdiocese since 1990, accelerated by the sexual abuse crisis and parish mergers in recent years.
At the mountaintop: Half-century of change in Phila. Archdiocese
When Archbishop John Krol arrived to lead the Church in Philadelphia in the early 1960s, he could not know he was seeing the peak of population, sacramental life and school enrollment, as historical figures show.
With new series, we’re equipping Catholics to prepare for change
CatholicPhilly.com editor Matthew Gambino tells of a new series on Catholic life in the Philadelphia Archdiocese, and how knowing the facts of our current reality will help forge a course in the near future.
Empty pews and the future of Catholic parishes
Statistical signs of a sharp downturn in religious affiliation, especially among the young, were once unthinkable but no longer. Father Thomas Dailey charts the current decline, and some paths forward.