In a recent poll, more than a quarter (27%) of the Catholics in Austria say they are considering leaving the Church. Top reasons:
- government-collected church contribution (tax), 54%;
- sexual abuse in the church, 33%.
For those who have already left the Church, the top reasons why they left:
- no interest in the institutional Church, 34%;
- role of women in the Catholic Church, 31%;
- appointment of conservative bishops, 26%;
- lack of interest in religion, 25%.
There have been several controversial episcopal nominations in Austria in recent years. In Burgenland, where Bishop Ägidius Zsifkovics was recently installed, almost half (48%) of the Catholics are considering leaving the Church.
Those surveyed were asked what their first spontaneous thought is about the Roman Catholic Church. The top answers:
- sexual abuse (15%);
- mandatory church contribution (tax) (14%);
- old, outdated, old-fashioned, backward (10%);
- the Pope (9%);
- faith (8%);
- nothing good (4%);
- baptism, first Communion, etc. (3%);
- positive things (2%);
- prayer (1%);
- the Cross (1%).
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In Norway, the average member of the state Lutheran Church attended church once in 2010. Much of this attendance can be attributed to non-church goers who attended once in the past year on the occasion of a Baptism.
Of Norway’s five million inhabitants, 78 per cent were members of the Church of Norway in 2010, as opposed to 86.3 per cent in 2000. Out of total newborns, 66.3 percent were baptized in the Church of Norway last year, down from 81.4 per cent in 2000.