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Archive for category Demographics and Sociology

More beauty, less God?

“Cathedrals don’t bang on about God in cathedrals but they bang on about beauty and that’s why I love them.” –Simon Jenkins

Scientific Research: Worship Is Healthy

“Our findings support the overall hypothesis that increased religiosity – as determined by attendance at worship services – is associated with less stress and enhanced longevity.”

New Study on Religion and Nationality in Central and Eastern Europe

The Pew Research Center has published a new study of religion and national identity in Central and Eastern Europe.

Alternative Facts on Vatican II

After the Second Vatican Council, church attendance numbers in Germany declined. It is frequently maintained that there is a causal connection between the two. But is this really true?

Is Sexism Real?

In my dictionary of life, being “big, bad-manned” usually involves an action (by a male) which makes you (the female) feel stupid, belittled, and as if you were taking up too much space.

Liturgical (Reform of the) Reform and “Neighborhood People”

Liturgical “neighborhood people” are those who love the liturgy they grew up with and are attached to it not for the richness of its theology or the beauty of its words or music or vestments or architecture, but simply because it is theirs, and has been theirs through moments of great sorrow and moments of great joy, marking milestones in their lives and recalling for them the presence of God at those milestones.

Lazarus is a Little Boy from Burma

Just as the rich man longed for Lazarus to dip his finger in cool water, the little boy’s tears began trickling into my consciousness; sitting on my organ bench, I began to wonder not “how could someone ignore the suffering in their midst,” but how “could I ignore the suffering in my midst?”

CARA Pushes Back on Schmitz on Pope Francis in the NYT

Anyone can grab three stats and write an opinion piece (…and apparently get it published in The New York Times. Who knew?).

Survey Says: Post-Christendom Christianity

This megatrend raises all sorts of questions for those of us involved in liturgical ministry and in the academic study of liturgy, but for today I’ll ask just one: What is the best attitude to take in the face of a shrinking church?

French Muslims attend Mass today

This is not a question of interreligious prayer (which is a delicate question), but of interreligious encounter.