The yawning gap between our young people and the church
The poet and essayist TS Eliot wisely suggested that a religion requires not only a body of priests who know what they are doing, but a body of worshippers who know what is being done.
We are now reaping the consequences of having had a poorly educated priesthood ministering to an unquestioning laity.
The notion of the simple faithful offered dubious grounds for providing half-baked moralising sermons. For too long, the laity were presented with God as a demanding judge, and not as fulfilling the more likely role of counsel for the defence.