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Sunday Reflection: Tough times, but also hope for the American Catholic Church

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A recent New York Times article began on a familiar note: "It is not a good time for the Roman Catholic Church in America." The list of problems is all too familiar: sex abuse scandals, school closings, financial shortfalls, and a decrease in priestly and religious vocations. In addition, attendance at weekly Mass has dipped across the country. Many young people raised as Catholics are...