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Best-Selling Catholic Author Reveals Trends that Will Impact the Future of the Catholic Church
Live Event Coming to the UK
The Catholic Church maintains a strong presence throughout the world, comprising more than 17 percent of the global population. As our world changes, there will be changes in the life of the Church, and the changes in the life of the Church will certainly affect changes within the global community. As Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI stated, “The Church is not a manufactured item. She is the living seed of God that must be allowed to grow and ripen.” To be effective leaders and evangelizers, Catholics must understand how such growth and ripening is taking place, both globally and locally.
From November 9-13, Matthew Pinto, founder and president of Ascension Press and a New York Times best-selling author, will be delivering a series of fast-paced and highly informative presentations titled, “Where Catholicism Is Headed: Seven Trends that Will Affect Your Parish, Ministry, and Personal Faith.” In his presentation, Matthew will examine key ways the Church has developed and changed over the past fifty years, specifically in the Western developed nations, and he will speculate about what the Church will experience over the next two decades.
“Because of the nature of our work, my team and I have had unique access to people and events, which has allowed us see and monitor over time what we describe as trends,” said Pinto. “Some of these trends may be global in nature, but many trends have a degree of impact at the local level. There are also trends that don’t manifest at the global level but are certainly present within a particular country or region.” The goal of Pinto’s speaking tour is to share his findings about trends in the Church—drawn from twenty-five years in apostolic ministry along with recent qualitative and quantitative research—to help the laity and Church leaders confidently determine where to direct their attention and resources.
As to what the future holds, Pinto says, “We are people of hope. There are many wonderful things happening in the Church, particularly with the youth. But, it is important for us to be aware of both the hopeful and the more disquieting trends that have potential to shape the future of the Church. It is only by being aware of these forces that we can respond effectively.”
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About Matthew Pinto
Matthew Pinto is the founder and president of Ascension Press and the author or co-author of a variety of works. Matthew’s books have sold almost two million copies, and his most popular works include Did Adam and Eve Have Belly Buttons?; Did Jesus Have a Last Name?; Freedom; A Guide to the Passion, which is a New York Times bestseller; and the Amazing Grace series. He is co-founder of several other Catholic initiatives in the United States, including the Theology of the Body Institute, Envoy Magazine, and CatholicExchange.com. Most recently, Matthew was invited to speak at the World Meeting of Families 2015 in Philadelphia. His presentations in England and Scotland this November will challenge his audiences to consider their personal experiences of Catholicism in light of a broader Catholic context.
About Ascension Press
Located in West Chester, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia, Ascension Press has a long history of close collaboration with dioceses and thousands of parishes across the world. Recently, Ascension Press was named the World Meeting of Families Youth Congress Programming Partner. Ascension Press is perhaps best known for its Great Adventure Bible Study Program and its award-winning teen faith formation series Chosen, and is recognized as a premier publisher of adult and teen faith formation materials. Learn more at AscensionPress.com.