The face of the Church is changing. Rapidly.
Archive for category Demographics and Sociology
To know for sure whether there is a “Francis Effect,” we would have to know something we never will – namely, what the numbers would like like if Francis were not pope.
63% of adult Catholics attended Mass at least once a month in 1979, but by 2014 this had declined to 46%.
More of the faithful left the church last year than most ever. At the same time, worship services are now better attended.
Mark Gray of CARA has questioned the gloomy interpretations often given about the declines in organized religion in the U.S.
How to respond??
Global Catholic population has grown 57% since 1980, but the number of priests has declined 17%.
“If I told my kids that bathing was a choice and that they were free to decide whether or not they wanted to bathe or brush their teeth… my kids would opt out of the practice and ritual of good hygiene. Gross, I know. But true.”
“What finally brought me back, after years of running away, wasn’t lattes or skinny jeans; it was the sacraments.”
A recent article at Huffington Post titled “What does Worship Look like from a Priest’s Point of View?” has a series of pictures taken from the perspective of the priest at Mass. I thought the article was interesting and it caused me to reflect on the priest’s experience at Mass.