Contraception has been a “clear factor” in the steep decline of parishioners at Catholic churches across the United States, says Bishop Alexander Sample of Marquette, Michigan. “Not everyone wants to talk about it, but that is a clear factor in the decline of the Catholic community,” the bishop told Catholic World Report in a newly-published interview.
He noted also that the drop in numbers is explained by Catholics leaving the faith. “They are not well formed in the faith and have been swayed by a secular culture. They don’t see religious values as important,” he said.
The vast majority of ex-Catholics who now inhabit the 'mega-church' non-denominational places are there because of issues below the beltline: contraception and divorce.
And he pins the tail on the right donkey.
You don't have to be a genius to read between those lines: most US Bishops failed miserably in their duty as teachers.
Oh, well. Back to the basics.