Grace Force Podcast Episode 137 – Are We a Family or Jesus, Inc.?

Grace Force Podcast Episode 137 – Are We a Family or Jesus, Inc.?

Fr. Bill Peckman – Are We a Family or Jesus, Inc.?

Fr. Bill Peckman writes: “Nowadays, that institution (The Church) has taken on a disturbing and destructive face. The institution has become akin to a store. Call it transactional Catholicism, retail Catholicism, mercantile Catholicism, or as Card Mueller called it, secular Catholicism. It is the same thing: the Church in many areas has definitely taken a turn towards being a retail establishment. It uses the same wording. It uses the same strategies. Success is seemingly measured in money. People play with the teachings as if they were invitatory to be upgraded or cycled out if they’re not selling (I am talking to you German Bishops, et al). The core is not the quality of truth but the ability to move merchandise. Churches start catering to people’s tastes as do restaurants. People shop parishes (what do they offer, what manner do they worship, what level of commitment do they ask) as if they were looking at the menus of restaurants. They pick over the inventory as if shopping. The people will certainly respond to how we present ourselves …

Jesus came to establish a Church that would be a familial bond between us and God and with each other.

A family bond. Not a store. Not a restaurant. A family bond.”

We are so pleased to have the very wise and profound Fr. Bill Peckman on the Grace Force podcast to help us understand this grave problem – “Retail Catholicism” – in the Church today, and to look for solutions.

Also, please don’t miss picking up Fr. Peckman’s amazing new book: “A Young Catholics Guide To Spiritual Warfare.”You can find it at





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