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Fr Mark's progressive Anglo-Catholic take on European Christianity

  • This is my collection of material about the current state of the churches in Europe. I am interested in looking at how they are dealing with the pressing issues of our time: the issues of gay people and women in ministry/ leadership are particularly pressing at the moment, as is the area of declining church attendance.

    I would like to see how Europe's traditional religious institutions are coping with the new Europe currently being forged, in which public opinion and ethical attitudes are becoming inceasingly pan-European, and are evidently presenting a series of strong challenges for the churches.

The Netherlands – church attendance

Posted by Fr Mark on August 25, 2009

20090101053547!Coat_of_Arms_of_the_NetherlandsInterestingly, religious practice amongst Muslims in the Netherlands is declining even more dramatically than amongst Christians. Could this be the trend across Europe?

From DutchNews.nl, 29.07.09:

http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2009/07/church_and_mosque_attendance_i.php

Church and mosque attendance in decline

Wednesday 29 July 2009

Although around half of the population consider themselves religious, only one in five regularly attended a religious service in the period from 2004 to 2008. This is a considerable decrease compared to preceding years, reports the national statistics office CBS on Wednesday.

The biggest decline in attendance is among Muslims, says the CBS. Some 35% of Muslims went to a mosque at least once a month in the period 2004 to 2008 compared to 47% in 1998 and 1999. Of the total Dutch population 5% are Muslims (825,000 people).

Church attendance among Catholics also fell in the same period, down to 23% from 31%, but the figure for Protestants remains stable, the CBS says.

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