Remember how Pope Francis is reaching out to people?

How’s that going? From Joel Kotkin at RealClear Politics:

Catholicism, now under a reforming and politically progressive pope, faces a similar challenge. It is losing adherents, not only in North America and Europe, where his views are popular, but also his homeland of South America, where the church is steadily losing out to more conservative evangelical churches. Until the 1960s, at least 90 percent of Latin America’s population was Catholic, but that number has fallen to under 70 percent. Today, roughly 1 in 4 Nicaraguans, 1 in 5 Brazilians and 1 in 7 Venezuelans are former Catholics. The one place where the church is growing most, Africa, is dominated by conservative bishops often at odds with Francis. More.

Reality check: But a failing church entails less hard work and responsibility. And if the real commitment is to progressivism, any institution that thinks there are values that transcend the current political order is actually an enemy to be destroyed.

See also: Pope warns Catholics, don’t expect too much from sex abuse summit

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