Priest says lapsed will return to church if invited
Non-practising Catholics are generally good people who long to be reconciled to themselves, to Christ, to the Church, but need an invitation to come back, said the Director of the Catholic Enquiry Centre Fr McKee.
People's reasons for dropping the practice of their religion included perceived injustices at the hands of Church authorities, Church law and changes in the Church, Fr McKee told The Catholic Weekly. But, he added, many also felt guilty and want forgiveness.
Fr McKee said that many of the 80% of Australian Catholics who do not formally practise their faith might very well return with help.
The Centre is appealing to practising Catholics for funds to assist its work in assisting those searching for faith, and those wanting to return, to join the faithful.