Church must help overcome the crisis of family life, says archdiocesan leader

September 14, 2015

VANCOUVER - Catholic families are in desperate need of the Church's help, says Pavel Reid, the Vancouver Archdiocese's director of ministries and outreach.

At least 50 per cent of young Catholics will not consider themselves Catholics by adulthood, while 20 to 40 per cent of adult Catholics will be separated or divorced sometime in their lives, he told the national CWL convention Aug. 19. "Catholic family life is in serious trouble."

The number of marriages in local parishes has dropped in the last 10 years from 1,100 per year to 600, even though the archdiocese is growing.

Most practising Catholics think of marriage as personal fulfillment, not as a vocation, he said.