“There are a lot of conversions,” adds Wray. “(Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) classes have increased every year. I think that people are very much aware of the moral decline going on and the Catholic Church stands strong and has been there for 2,000 years. It’s something to hang onto. We’re having whole families come in (to enter the faith) and not necessarily with any ties to Catholicism.”
Wray says that unlikely as it is, she would love to have an American Pope and thinks it would do wonders for further evangelism.
Cox said that 2013, a year of faith as decreed by Benedict, is an important time for local Catholics to rediscover their faith. And while the chances are next-to-nothing that he’d get the call, he said he’s rather sure of his feelings about succeeding Benedict.
“No, I do not want to be Pope,” he laughed.