At a bar, from the Tuscaloosa News:
The message the guest speaker at the program, Bishop Robert Baker, head of the Diocese of Birmingham, which includes Tuscaloosa, gave to Catholics at the event was multifaceted message.
He spoke about some of the problems in the Catholic faith, such as how many people are turning their backs on Catholicism and joining other Christian denominations or becoming atheists.
But his main message was a challenge to Catholics, particularly young Catholics, to be stewards of their faith.
‘People in our faith must really feel that they’re part of a ecclesial community,’ Baker said. ‘Involvement in the church means being responsible. Not just priests like me, but everyone having a role.’
Besides taking an active role in church affairs, Baker also suggested that Catholics do more recruiting.
‘We need a missionary commitment to the entire community,’ he said. ‘It means to go out into the community, re-enchant [people] with the church, and invite them back in.’
He pointed to a number of ways to do this.
‘Why don’t we Catholics use our faith to help more people who are struggling?’ Baker asked. ‘Somehow a Catholic Church has to take us all further.’