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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.

Britain – church attendance

Posted by Fr Mark on September 5, 2009

UK_Royal_Coat_of_ArmsRoman Catholic statistics for England and Wales

 

 

http://www.communigate.co.uk/ne/catholichome/page3.phtml

 

The Official Statistics

Year Catholic population Mass attendance
1954 2,939,900 (not available)
1959 1,886,600
1964 3,827,000
1966 2,114,219 (Mass attendance numbers peak at end of Vatican II.)
1974 4,162,942 1,752,730
1984 4,220,262 1,512,553
1990 4,248,346 1,292,312
1991 4,280,180
1992 4,526,873 (“Catholic” population peaks) 1,277,617
1993 4,413,165 1,226,197
1994 4,404,690 1,190,307
1995 4,404,056 1,135,047
1996 4,134,040 1,111,077
1997 4,174,418 1,086,268
1998 4,189,550 1,056,027 (Mass attendance half of 1966)
1999 4,155,262 1,041,728
2000 4,121,004 1,005,522 Attendance dropped by almost 300,000 in decade from 1990.
     

Ordinations, Marriages and Baptisms

  1944 1964 1999
Ordinations 178 230 43
Marriages 30,946 45,592 13,814
Baptisms 71,604 137,673 63,158
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