In Church, Faith, Future: What We Face, What We Can Do, Father Louis J. Cameli lays out what he describes as urgent challenges in the life of the church at this time. In the Preface he states, “It is no exaggeration to say that we stand at a critical juncture that deeply challenges humanity, the church and faith itself.” It is a rather sobering picture. Drawing on philosophy, history, cultural analysis, and sociology, Fr. Cameli identifies several ways to cope with the situation. Using one example among others of a thriving parish he once pastored, but due to an aging population, changing demographics, faced a decline in members and income Fr. Cameli formulated steps that correspond to four questions, which form the chapters of the book:
Chapter 1. – What Can We Expect?
Chapter 2. – Is There Anything Unexpected That We Could Possibly Expect?
Chapter 3 – What Can We Do?
Chapter 4 – What Ought We Do?
A poignant Afterword by Cardinal Blase J. Cupich follows. Available for $19.95 Liturgical Press, 2950 St. John’s Rd., P.O. Box 7500, Collegeville, MN 56321. Tel: (800) 858-5450. Fax: (800) 445-5899. E-mail: [email protected]. Web site: www.litpress.org.