Number Crunch: A Church in Crisis

Will it change and survive? The data show it’s in dire straits.

BY Editors

March 10 2014 4:00 AM ET

An impulse to compassion may not be Pope Francis’s only reason for backing off the socially repressive and tone-deaf elements of Catholicism (including the antigay rhetoric) that disenchant parishioners; the shrinking church badly needs to invigorate the flock and raise some funds or risk going the way of the dodo. A new papal attitude might be the answer.

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