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Good news, at last, about the future of Catholicism in France?

By Phil Lawler ( bio - articles - email ) | Nov 23, 2015

Some good news, for a change, about the state of Catholicism in France. Samuel Gregg writes for Catholic World Report about the growing influence of the “neoCatholics” who are ready and willing to do battle—especially intellectual battle—with the secular culture.

But not only the secular culture. The “neoCatholics” provide an alternative to the “zombie Catholicism” that has allowed for the secular ascendancy. And while they recognize the importance of the Pope’s image of the Church as a field hospital, they have greater ambitions for the long run: “The new Catholics, however, also recognize that no-one is supposed to remain perpetually in a field-hospital. Nor are they interested in affirming mediocrity.”

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: Bernadette - Dec. 14, 2015 2:02 PM ET USA lots of good stuff happening in France! I visited this community in 2003. Fabulous! Seminaries full in France and I had opportunity to speak with several seminarians - highly intellectual and truly Catholic. Look how the pro-life and pro-marriage is there. Thousands marching! All bodes well. Praise the Lord!

  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Nov. 24, 2015 2:45 PM ET USA

    This is so encouraging. I can't begin to say how many times I have thought of the Church in Europe and begged the Crucified Lord not to abandon His lost sheep.

  • Posted by: bruno.cicconi7491 - Nov. 23, 2015 8:26 PM ET USA

    Very hot stuff coming from France, that's my impression.