Cincinnati.com reports on falling Mass attendance in Ohio and Kentucky – which no doubt reflects trends elsewhere as well.
As an aside, this article is stronger on sociology than theology. Get this:
Catholics are taught that this is not a symbolic gesture – as it is in some Protestant faiths – but that Christ is physically present.
Physical? Not symbolic? By whom are they taught this?? Time to read some Aquinas and Rahner.
Back to the sociology. Researcher William D’Antonio says this:
There are serious problems, structural problems, all up and down the line. If you’re asking what are the future trends, they’re bleak.