Archbishop Philip Wilson
More Sunday evening masses will attract young people and families back to the church, Archbishop Philip Wilson believes, according to the Advertiser.
Speaking to the paper to mark 10 years as head of the Adelaide Archdiocese, Archbishop Wilson said social patterns had changed dramatically over the past 30 years and the church needed to adapt in order to grow.
"I have been saying to our people that I think with the way the weekend works now, we should have as many masses as we can on Sunday nights," Archbishop Wilson said.
"I think if we made more masses available on Sunday nights, it would attract more younger people and it would also fit in with families, because on the weekend many families are away Saturdays and Sundays with sport."
In a wide-ranging interview, Archbishop Wilson criticised Labor's new stance on gay marriage and said both sides of politics had failed to come up with adequate boat people policies.
Archbishop Wilson ranks building up the strong Catholic education system among the archdiocese's greatest achievements since he has been in Adelaide.
He also said the canonisation of Saint Mary MacKillop was something he would remember fondly for the rest of his life.
Archbishop Wilson also acknowledged the church has a long way to go to rectify its image following a spate of sexual abuse cases.
He outlined a four-point plan to do this:
RESPONDING as well as possible to the victims of abuse.
DEALING effectively with the perpetrators.
HAVING procedures in place to ensure child abuse never happens at the hands of clergy again.
BEING stringent about who is allowed to become a priest, brother or nun.
Church needs to move with the masses (AdelaideNow/The Advertiser)