The answer to that question would be No, of course, or that's what you would think, wouldn't you? And yet that is what is happening; one of the news programs on MSNBC, which is called All In with host Chris Hayes, brought out survey results that tell us that the least-religious demographic in America today is the "Millennials," or the group between 18 and 50 years of age.
In other words, young Americans are staying home in droves. They have voted with their feet and you are far more likely to find them having brunch with friends or shopping in the mall on a Sunday morning than praying in a church. These are the very results that the Barna Group has been telling the evangelical denominations for years, but just about any pastor or priest can tell you that their congregations are increasingly composed of older and older parishioners, with few younger families coming in to replace the seniors who pass away.
Who is responsible for this? Well, for a change I am going to quote a Catholic Archbishop instead of scolding the evangelicals for what they already know (but ignore). A news story by Arturo Garcia, posted Friday on The Raw Story website says this:
"Minneapolis arch-bishop [sic] blames Satan for marriage equality
"The archbishop of Minnesota’s two biggest cities argued that the devil is to blame for the legalization of marriage equality in the state, Minnesota CityPages reported on Friday.
“'Sodomy, abortion, contraception, pornography, the redefinition of marriage, and the denial of objective truth are just some of the forces threatening the stability of our civilisation,' Rev. John Nienstedt said in a speech to the Napa Institute Conference in August. 'The source of these machinations is none other than the Father of Lies. Satan knows all too well the value that the family contributes to the fabric of a good solid society, as well as the future of God’s work on earth.'”
"Video of the speech, which Nienstedt referred to as his “politically incorrect Powerpoint,” was posted by the institute online on Tuesday. The speech was originally delivered on Aug. 2, a day after the state began granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples."
And I am sure that he received a resounding ovation at the conclusion of his speech. The speech itself is on the level of a Dungeonmaster, in a game of Dungeons & Dragons where the player characters live in a world that actually has devils and demons. It is immaterial whether you believe in them or not; people who talk this way become the targets of derision from such well-known media figures as Ricky Gervais, who in turn is a lot more polite in his disdain for Christianity than the Bully Atheists like Richard Dawson.
Of course we don't want to look like people from the Dark Ages who are ready to set off on a witch hunt at the slightest provocation. But that is just what we do look like, when we degrade human beings while making speeches in black suits with backward collars.
It isn't like there are no gay Catholics, as the Archbishop of the Twin Cities seems to think. What does he have to say, face to face, to gay Catholics who claim the love of Jesus and their status as Catholics and as Americans? The Archbishop has also placed himself in opposition to Pope Francis, who has expressed much more tolerant attitudes lately. This doesn't look good for the Catholic Church, because it places Catholics in the evangelical camp, with those who practice Old-Testament Christianity and live in fear of a God that is full of hatred and condemnation.
The tolerant mainstream denominations can count on only one thing: we must live our faith and testify to God's love and the inclusion that Jesus and St. Paul demonstrated towards their contemporaries. There is no other way to save the Church from fanatics who would sacrifice it in the name of the Book of Leviticus.