Retail level

John Allen Jr. has said of the annulment procedures recently announced that, "Annulments are hugely important at the retail level of the faith, because for Catholics whose relationships break down and who want to get married in the Church to someone else, they first have to obtain one." -Crux

retail level...

consider that phrase for a moment, the retail level of faith.

Having worked in parish offices and a chancery cubicle, I can safely say that most of the world operates at this level of faith commitment.

What a compelling image to apply to our contemporary parochial situation. How do we get people to move past this level? Most already have- they aren't even window shopping anymore. They're just staying in bed on Sundays with their girlfriend/boyfriend. Or they work all weekend and bingewatch Netflix until Monday.

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