Many of the faithful are asking, “Am I a Christian if I don’t believe everything the Church teaches?”
Silently or openly, people today are frequently replying in the negative, especially numerous former Roman Catholics. The old official answers, rigidly formulated and imposed in an age with different political and philosophical backgrounds, are now, for such Christians, simply mystifying and obsolete, dreadfully out of touch.
There is no doubt that dogma, official teachings, and the meaning of the Bible need reformulation as the Church regroups after a terrible pandemic. Bausch makes no suggestion that such new approaches in teaching the faith must compromise or be tailored to fit secular dominance, but rather be reformulated in the wider context of (1) newer understandings of biblical times with their penchant for storytelling and flexibility and (2) modern epiphanies regarding artificial intelligence, black holes, other worlds, genetic manipulations, and other scientific revelations. Bausch’s aim is not to discredit the Bible, but to reset it. His hope is to provoke better answers—and, as you will discover, “provoke” is the right word!
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Rev. William J. Bausch is a parish priest of the diocese of Trenton, New Jersey. He is the award-winning author of numerous books on parish ministry, the sacraments, Church history, storytelling, and homiletics. His book, Traditions, Tensions, Transitions in Ministry received an honorable mention in 1983 from the Catholic Press Association; Storytelling: Imagination and Faith was awarded second place in 1985 for best pastoral work; The Total Parish Manual won first place in 1995; Brave New Church won first place in 2002; and Once Upon a Gospel won third place in 2009.
He was awarded the President’s Award in 1996 from the National Federation of Priests’ Councils for Parish Leadership, the Catholic Library Association’s Aggiornamento Award for Notable Contribution to Parish Life in 2004 and the Walter J. Burghardt, S. J. Preaching award in 2008 for his contribution to Catholic preaching. He has lectured and given workshops at such colleges and universities as Notre Dame; Sacred Heart in Fairfield, Connecticut; Boston College; Charles Carroll in Cleveland; and in most U.S. dioceses as well as abroad. His latest book is The Story Revealed, a book of homilies.
First and foremost, however, though retired from the pastorate, he remains happily engaged in his first love: being a parish priest active in assisting at three parishes, writing, and giving lectures and retreats.