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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.

France – church attendance

Posted by Fr Mark on June 10, 2010

This survey of French Catholicism in 2009 reveals, amongst other things, that 75% of practising French Roman Catholics disagree with the Vatican’s teaching on contraception; 68% on abortion; 67% on divorce and 49% on homosexuality. The percentage of French people calling themselves Catholic has fallen from 75% in 1987 to 64% in 2009; and Sunday Mass attendance has fallen from 27% in 1952 to less than 5% in 2009.

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