In dealing with bad news, we can follow the example of St. Francis Xavier when he and his flock were threatened with attack from enemies of the Faith in India. He wrote, "Bad news pours in from all sides. Thanks be to God!"
So here's another item of crummy news.
It's an AP news story (click on this post's title) from last Sunday's International Herald Tribune. It's about how only about 5% of the French attend Mass now, versus 27% just 50 years ago -- and now, parishes and dioceses can't afford to maintain all of their tens of thousands of French churches, especially the rural ones, so they're contemplating destroying or selling some or many of them.
So, what happened in the Church in the past 50 years to cut Mass attendance in France so drastically? Well, a lot of things; but abandoning the Latin Mass, and Communion in the hand, and "the spirit-but-not-the-letter-of-Vatican II," and liberal bishops, and artificial contraception are certainly amongst 'em. Also, perhaps, a rise of homosexuals in the clergy, although I have no stats on that.
Good thing nothing like those things could ever happen here in the USA, right? (I'm being sarcastic in saying this.)
To preserve our Church and our churches, we need to pray and work against the liberals and against liberalism's bad fruits.
(Saw this story thanks to the online New Oxford Review bulletin.)