Liberal reporters just can’t seem to grasp the idea that making Christianity more "user-friendly" – that is, more liberal and "relevant" and free of conservative "dogma" that opposes divorce, abortion, and homosexuality – doesn’t end up attracting users. Just like liberal "mainline" Protestant churches are in decline, inside Catholicism, the Jesuit order is shrinking in America. On Easter Sunday, Washington Post religion reporter Michelle Boorstein never found anyone to notify her that it’s exactly the "user-friendly" liberalism that’s shrinking it.
Jesuit theology, which tends to be open and positive, is well suited to American spirituality in 2011, said the Rev. James Martin, a corporate executive turned priest and writer. He calls his order "user-friendly" and wrote "The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything" last year, aimed at a non-Catholic audience.
"The message that God meets you where you are is very appealing, because we are a very experiential crowd today," Martin said. "Seekers want real-life experiences of God; they don’t want just dogma."