By Sean Ewart
Will there be a Catholic Church in 100 years? Yes, probably. But what the church will look like is a more complicated question - will the church reverse its stance on contraception? on homosexuality? on abortion? on sex outside of marriage? on the marriage of priests?
In an article published by the University of Southern California Linda Woodhead, professor of sociology of religion at Lancaster University and director of the Westminster Faith Debates, said her study of Catholics in the United Kingdom shows a church that is massively out of touch with its membership. Granted the study is limited to the United Kingdom - it's not representative of the church globally - but as modernity and changing social mores the world-round shift out from under the church its evolution or lack-thereof will be one of the biggest stories of the 21st century.