There’s a somewhat common belief that our Church is out of touch with ‘the times’ — that our culture is moving forward, but the Church is stagnating. When we fall into this belief, we forget the truth that the Church is not of this world. We come to Mass and we encounter something unlike anything else, something that we can’t find anywhere else.
I agree that the church needs to go out into the world and the surrounding communities. The reality is that the churches in my area are largely closed gated churches that only minister to the trads and the cons. I would encourage our churches to minister to the entire spectrum of Catholics and to go to those at the margins like LGBTQ Catholics and their families. Our church is no longer fishers of men but maintainers of ever declining aquariums.