At first glance, it doesn’t look too bad. I read that, in the period 2004-7, we rated 9th among other nations with our number of 309,000 adult baptisms. Then when I gave this further thought, I was ashamed of our poor rating.
For example, ahead of us in 7th place was Peru with 425,000 baptisms.
Since their population is less than one-tenth of that in America, relating our miserly achievement to theirs is comparing Buffalo, NY, to Los Angeles.
In 6th place is Mexico with 445,000 baptisms. As their population is one third that of the USA, comparing our number of new Catholics to those in Mexico is relating Corpus Christi to San Antonio.
Why do we have such a poor record of attracting others to our faith? Could it be that we are too smug and secure with our self-satisfaction, too free of fear of deprivation, etc.?
What are your thoughts?