Jul 28, 2011
| An interview with Katherine Willis Pershey
"People need to hear the good news," says Katherine Willis Pershey of First Congregational Church in Western Springs, Illinois. "If the church doesn't take on this
mission, I'm afraid—well, that's where that sentence can end. I'm afraid."
The worst haircut I ever received was a $7 special at a local salon. I was in my thirties and my hair was thick and curly, the kind of hair that could hide a multitude of styling sins—but not after the $7 special. It was short in back and uneven in front, with tufts sticking out in random places. I looked like I had mange.
If reception of the new translation of the Roman missal is as generous as it should be, the
period of adjustment will be a chance to rediscover the shape of the
liturgy and the essentials of Christian belief and hope.
America’s Founding Fathers would have been amazed at the thought of a pope speaking to Congress. The Founders were overwhelmingly Protestant, and many generations thought the Catholic Church represented the older European order of kings and queens and the churchly hierarchies the new nation had left behind. Today the United States has the fourth largest population of Catholics, following Brazil, Mexico, and the Philippines. Roles too have reversed: the United States is increasingly seen as a conservator of an established world order; in Pope Francis, the papacy has a spokesperson who forcefully challenges capitalism, consumerism, and the plundering of the environment (Politico, September 22).