Church attendance among Gen X Catholics and Protestants has been on the decline for years.
In an essay published in The Age, Losing My Religion For Equality, Carter cites among his reasons for leaving being the fact the church prohibits women from being ordained and insists they be subservient to their husbands.
“…The carefully selected verses found in the Holy Scriptures to justify the superiority of men owe more to time and place – and the determination of male leaders to hold onto their influence – than eternal truths. Similar biblical excerpts could be found to support the approval of slavery and the timid acquiescence to oppressive rulers.
“I am also familiar with vivid descriptions in the same Scriptures in which women are revered as pre-eminent leaders. During the years of the early Christian church women served as deacons, priests, bishops, apostles, teachers and prophets. It wasn’t until the fourth century that dominant Christian leaders, all men, twisted and distorted Holy Scriptures to perpetuate their ascendant positions within the religious hierarchy.
“The truth is that male religious leaders have had – and still have – an option to interpret holy teachings either to exalt or subjugate women. They have, for their own selfish ends, overwhelmingly chosen the latter…”
Gen X Catholics
It appears that a lot of people are leaving the church, and not just Baptist churches.Did you know only 15 percent of gen x Catholics attend weekly Mass?
From the blog Intentional Disciples:
“…only 15% of Gen Xers attend weekly. That covers all adults 18 – 45 or so right now. Gen Xers and Millennials already make up 50% of the Catholic adult population.
“That means that if this does not change, In 10 years it will cease to matter that we have a priest shortage because the Builders will be largely gone, the Boomers retiring, and our institutions – parishes, schools, etc. will be emptying at an incredible rate. Sacramental practice will plummet at a speed that the will make the post Vatican II era look good and the financial support for all of this will be vanishing like Bernie Madoff’s investment portfolio…”
Other interesting reads:
American Nones: The Profile of the No Religion Population (I think this 2008 study was just released yesterday.)