In the 1960s, I was young, and it was an exciting time to be Catholic. We fought for freedom and justice. Parishes formed social justice committees, priests were arrested at civil rights demonstrations. The archbishop published a document on racial justice.

Now I am old, and the eternal church seems to have aged with me. Instead of calling for change, we mobilize for the status quo. Aside from the usual fundraising letters, Archbishop William E. Lori has communicated about gay marriage and the storm water tax. Now we rally in support of an employer's right to offer limited medical insurance ("Religious freedom under threat at home," June 16). There is no energy left protest gun violence or the unraveling safety net.

As Archbishop Lori points out, faith has inspired positive action in the past. Perhaps it will again.

Sandra Reynolds