I spent the last 30 years in Atlanta, returning to CNY to care for aging parents. Over the last 20 years the Atlanta Church has grown by leaps and bounds. Today, Msgr Tally will become the 2nd Auxiliary Bishop of Atlanta. Rocco has the details here. It is well worth the read.
I attribute this to the following:
- Sound liturgical discipline. Priests, Deacons and the laity all fulfilling their roles with vigor.
- An annual Eucharistic Congress that is the Friday and Saturday of Corpus Christi weekend that serves both a catechetical and evangelical need to adults, teens, children, Hispanics, Vietnamese and Deaf. During this event, every priest is available for Sacramental Confession and Confession is continuously heard. 30,000+ Catholic come for the sacraments and formation.
- The open-armed welcome to every recognized Catholic movement.
- An aggressive and effective Pro-Life office.
- Eucharistic Adoration widely available and aggressively promoted.
- Door to door Evangelization something we picked up from the Baptists; Baptist converts that is…
- Over 2000 enter via RCIA.
- Aggressive Hispanic outreach, sensitive to their particular needs and understanding that Guatemalans, Mexicans, Colombians and Cubans share only a common language they are not equivalent culturally.
- Sound priestly formation from top tier seminaries. Bilingual priests is the norm. Latin in the liturgy is common.
- A parish completely devoted to the extraordinary form.
- Pro-Life March led by the Bishop. Down Peachtree Street.
- Rosary March down Peachtree on the Immaculate Conception.
- Catholic Charities & St. VdP are million dollar plus enterprises.
- ZERO sexual abuse, ever. The one priest who stepped out of line was immediately arrested (in the 1990′s) jailed and later deported.
- Solid bishop(s) who are visible and involved. Homilies on contraception, abortion, divorce and other sentinel issues of our time are offered routinely.
- NFP training is required for all candidates for marriage – even if you are beyond the childbearing years, or have a Protestant spouse.
We can expect the same here, in 20 years. The template is already written and there are a dozen flights per day to Atlanta. Atlanta in the late 1980′s was 15% Catholic. This will take some doing. Some vertex to base renewal and reform. Some liturgical and sacramental reform and it may even take inviting some outside religious order priests to assist.
The renewal will begin on our knees.