Peter Rosengren: This is the Age of the Laity

“The rejection of Christ, the christophobia so characteristic of the early 21st Century, may be epochal, but it is also reversible and is susceptible to being neutralised by way of evangelisation based on true conviction rather than the institutional inertia of administrative Catholicism.”  (Catholic Weekly, 27 June 2018)

The Age of the Laity  An important article by Peter Rosengren, editor of the Catholic Weekly.

Peter Rosengren writes about how the way forward for the Church today lies with most of us – the laity, and in the building of Christian families. Read more –

I think the author has raised some crucial issues and I believe we as Carmelite Seculars need to take his words to heart, ponder them, and get involved in implementing his suggestions.

I commented as follows on the Catholic Weekly Facebook page:

Les Walters  The Catholic Weekly – Peter Rosengren – Thanks for this. Your article is ‘nail-on-the-head’ stuff. I sense a book arising in the near future. Perhaps “Catholicism for Dummies” would be too frivolous, but a foundational, vibrant, ‘how-to’ book would be a blessing.”

Of course, many of us don’t have a Facebook profile, but you’re welcome to comment here if you wish.  I’m interested in your opinion.

  • Do Peter’s thoughts have anything in common with our Carmelite mission?  (We seek the face of God for the sake of the Church and the world) 
  • In what way?
  • Does Carmel have anything to contribute to the conversation?
  • Does this speak in any way to the Plenary Council’s question, “What do you think God is asking of us in Australia at this time?”


Proclaim the word of God and fear no-one!



About Les

I'm Les Walters, Immediate Past President in our OCDS Community from 17 July 2016 to August 2018. Now First Councillor - August 2018 till August 2021 and Secretary
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