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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.

Poland – church attendance

Posted by Fr Mark on September 5, 2009

polandStudy Shows Decline in Polish Mass Attendance






From America magazine 13.03.06: 

A church statistician downplayed the results of a recent study showing a continued decline in Mass attendance in Poland. “Mass attendance is only one way of measuring a society’s religiousness,” said Witold Zdaniewicz, a Pallotine priest who is a professor and the director of the Warsaw-based Catholic Church Statistics Institute. “The data clearly show a persistent drop in numbers going to church, but the causes and explanations vary considerably.” The results of a Sunday Mass head count taken in November are to be announced before Pope Benedict XVI’s visit on May 25-28. In mid-February the Polish Press Agency reported that Catholic Church Statistics Institute figures showed 43 percent of Catholics attended Sunday Mass regularly in 2004, compared with 47.5 percent in 2000. Under Communist rule in the 1980’s, church attendance was 60 percent; in 1991 it was 50 percent. Father Zdaniewicz said the data had to be looked at “holistically—we can’t just consider bare numbers and percentages.”


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