Ken Briggs reported on religion for Newsday and The New York Times, has contributed articles to many publications, written four books and is an instructor at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania.
Prospects for churches on a broad scale have become defined by accumulating data sets and quantitative analyses. But the death of a congregation affects friendships and faith journeys that have existed for decades.
NCR Today: The Holy Spirit is the best consultant you could engage. Except there is tension and confusion about what the consultant says, including in conflicts over gay marriage and ordination.
NCR Today: The ecumenical movement has played a role in a world where faith seekers lose interest in special institutional claims and help themselves to a buffet of spiritual offerings.
NCR Today: Retreat speaker Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa's careful avoidance of details of the abuse crisis, and his virtual approval of the status quo fosters doubts about the pope's commitment to genuine reform.