The article is about major events from the past which have affected Catholicism. Through the years, a lot have had happen in the world and have changed the face of the Church. The author listed his ten mega trends which he believes have moved Catholicism and formed the religion what we know today. The first on the list was how Catholics from 1st world regions, namely Europe and North America have decreased while poorer regions such as South Africa and Asian regions have increased significantly. I believe this is quite alarming because progressing regions are becoming less interested and/less faithful on Catholicism. With this pattern, we should be scared that our religion would be facing more problems as the world become more advance and technology operated. It is because people would be living in the present and be more concerned about the improvement of life and have lesser importance for the spiritual growth since people would want to see progress in their lives. Next is about the quest for Catholic identity which states that the problem is that we reject the objective truth or agreeing on one truth. This problem divides the church members because of different education in religion to liturgy.
This is a problem because of the different ideologies of people explaining similar subjects create a confusion which causes also a divide between Catholics. I think that this is both good and bad. Good in the sense that people may further explain and share rich thoughts to others and bad because, again it can also create confusion. But confusion can be fixed by making a more flexible truth, meaning having it explained in different point of views which will help the church communicate better to people. Because I believe in a single truth, but a single truth holds a million of point of view. It is like looking at the sun from different parts of the world which gives you different point of views but all true. Third is the rise of Islam which talks about the lecture of the Pope which offended the Muslims. It caused a big impact because the relation between the two religions was again shaken. This only made it more difficult to conduct talk between both parties. This is really sad because of just a misunderstanding, families and friends from both religions are caught in the middle of such issue.
The forth talks about the different movements which have had expressed their different beliefs on the same God and have separated from the Catholic Church. This is a major trend because again, it divides the church and lay down different views. Next is the biotech revolution which is the result of the fast advancement and technology of the world today. It has an effect on the church because some discoveries are contrary to the church’s stand on morality and somehow is a way of acting like god. This now divide people who are for development and those who are for morality and the church’s teachings. The sixth is about the world being wireless. It discusses how easy it has become to spread information and it focused on the dissemination of Catholic writings. Instead of people sharing these writings, what they did was question these kinds of things written by bishops and other church based institution. Technology has caused damage instead of help to the church. I think, what the church can do is answer these activisms and set things out with these people who are non-believers. Seventh takes on the Wojtyla Revolution which speaks of church taking on the world outside as preached by the late pope, Pope John Paul II.
He wants the church to evangelize the world but then comes the problem which leaves internal problems unmanaged. This issue shows how the church is not yet ready and has to fix internal problems first and build a stronger foundation in order to take on the world as visualized. But this doesn’t mean it can’t right now, it just need to have a better strategy to take on both issues. Next come globalization which talks about how the church responds to the economic problems and how the church wants the world to have the same interest and not divide people from the rich and poor. It wants the world to ideally be more equal and lessen the people suffering. This is important for the church because of its moral teachings and values which the church holds firmly.
The ninth issue is the polarization and discontents which shows how people have created groups wherein they voice out a different view or opinion based from the church. This is a divide which again weakens the church because they now have different conferences, language and heroes. It is sad how people desire almost the same goals with their beliefs but can’t unite and help each other toward that goal and instead break up and become independent. Lastly is the sexual abuse crisis which gives the church a blow and somehow takes on its confidence and credibility. It is sad because the community suffer as a whole. But this issue shouldn’t the death of the church but a lesson in order for it to grow and become stronger to face future problems. It must be an inspiration that there will still be people who are strong with their faith and will stand by the church’s side.