For Tom Kane becoming a priest was the realization of lifelong goal. Staying one was another matter. For 10 years he struggled with the authoritarian, man-made laws and pronouncements of an impersonal Church leadership remote from the plight of the people. Kane realized that those power-hungry leaders had only one aim in mind – the preservation of the church above all else. Says Kane, one only had to look at the indifference exhibited by the pope and bishops in handling the recent sexual scandals.
Kane isn’t alone in his dissatisfaction with the Church. In recent years millions of 18- to 29-year-old Catholics – fed up with the sexual abuse scandals and the bias against gays and women – have also rejected Catholicism and left the Church. The problem is so bad, says one study, that if ex-Catholics were counted as their own religious group, they would be the third-largest denomination in the U.S.
On your show Kane will also discuss:
- 3 things the Church needs to do to become relevant in 2014.
- What Pope Francis I is saying about the Church’s shortcomings.
- How the Vatican continues to alienate nuns and Catholics, worldwide.
CREDENTIALS: Tom Kane left the Church after becoming disillusioned with the Vatican’s out-of-date doctrines. Since then he’s been a professor, public relations executive, consultant and newspaper editor. His second book is GOOD CHURCH BAD CHURCH: One Priest’s Indictment Against the Vatican.
AVAILABILITY: PA, nationwide by arrangement and via telephone
CONTACT: Tom Kane, (570) 253-8475 (PA); firstname.lastname@example.org; www.tomkane.net