Statistics for the Catholic Church in
From Thomas in
Jesus Beer Glass
New Church Glass Nearly Empty as English Catholics Call Last Round
Christmas 2007 Update
The collapse has continued!
The Guardian newspaper here in the UK ridiculously claimed on Sunday 23rd December 2007, that “a survey of 37,000 churches, to be published in the new year, shows the number of people going to Sunday Mass in England last year  averaged 861,000, compared with 852,000 Anglicans worshipping. The rise of Catholicism has been bolstered by an influx of immigrants from eastern Europe and Africa, who have packed the pews of Catholic parishes that had previously been dwindling.”
The truth is that over a million economic migrants from Eastern Europe have flooded into the UK over the last year or so, most of them Catholics from Poland. Far from “packing the pews” left half empty since Vatican II, something in the order of 90% of them have left off attending mass within a single year of arriving in the UK even though there are still plenty of New Church parishes here and it is easy to get to one in most localities. Perhaps this is an historic record! But to The Guardian it is “the rise of Catholicism”!
New Church is stubbornly blind and that is why we have said that it may not last another decade here in the UK. The hierarchy is always right, no exceptions ever! Well, those who cannot be wrong cannot correct themselves and such arrogance must end in ruin.
The Roman Catholic Church in
“According to official
Church statistics mass attendance in
According to the Census, Roman Catholic mass attendance has “dropped by almost a third” in the last seven years.
“‘Britain is showing the world how religion as we have known it can die,’ Callum Brown told the Chicago Tribune. Brown is a historian at the University of Dundee in Scotland. He was pessimistic about the future, observing that after two generations of people with little experience of regular church participation, it will be difficult to turn the situation around.”
Such are the fruits of
Traditionalist Catholics too should laugh at
New Church and its “popes” have been teaching that all relgions are started by the Holy Spirit and that God uses them as means of salvation by giving people belief in the religions.
Antipope John Paul II: “In Christ, God calls all peoples to himself and he wishes to share with them the fullness of his revelation and love. He does not fail to make himself present in many ways, not only to individuals but also to entire peoples through their spiritual riches, of which their religions are the main and essential expression, even when they contain gaps, insufficiencies and errors. […] Does it not sometimes happen that the firm belief of the followers of the non-Christian religions -- a belief that is also an effect of the Spirit of truth operating outside the confines of the Mystical Body -- can make Christians ashamed at being often themselves so disposed to doubt concerning the truths revealed by God and proclaimed by the church?” (Redemptoris Missio, Dec. 7, 1990)
Antipope John Paul II: “The ‘seeds of truth’ present and active in the various religious traditions are a reflection of the unique Word of God, who ‘enlightens every man coming into world’ (cf. Jn 1:9) and who became flesh in Christ Jesus (cf. Jn ). They are together an effect of the Spirit of truth operating outside the visible confines of the Mystical Body and which “blows where it wills” (Jn 3:8). […] Every quest of the human spirit for truth and goodness, and in the last analysis for God, is inspired by the Holy Spirit. The various religions arose from this primordial human openness to God. At their origins we often find founders who, with the help of God’s Spirit, achieved a deeper religious experience. Handed on to others, this experience took form in the doctrines, rites and precepts of the various religions. […] Normally, it will be in the sincere practice of what is good in their own religious traditions and by following the dictates of their own conscience that the members of other religions respond positively to God’s invitation and receive salvation in Jesus Christ, even while they do not recognize or acknowledge him as their Savior.” (General Audience, Sept. 9, 1998)
This universalism is contrary to what the Catholic Church has previously believed. It is a new and different religion, with a new universalist gospel of a salvation that is offered to men through the belief and practice of the various religions.
New Church claims to recognize Pius IX as a true pope, but he defined at Council Vatican I in 1870, how God uses his grace to save people only in the Catholic religion and how the other religions are “false religions” which people adhere to through “human opinion”.
A sharp distinction has been drawn between the Catholic religion and the false religions, and between those who adhere to these. To save men, God provides “supernatural virtue” as an “efficacious aid” to help them accept the truth of the Catholic religion. He “excites the erring by His grace” to embrace it; and He “confirms in His grace” those who adhere to it, who do so “through the heavenly gift of faith”. Wherefore the condition of those who adhere to the Catholic religion is “not at all equal” to “those, who, led by human opinions, follow a false religion.” God did not start the various religions to save people. He saves them only in the Catholic Church. The other religions are “false religions” and people are not influenced to adhere to them by God but are “led by human opinions”.
The Roman Catholic Church has apostasized from the true religion of salvation through faith in Jesus. It is preaching a new universalist gospel of a salvation that is offered to men through the belief and practice of the various religions.
“As we said before, so say I now again, -- If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that which you have received, let him be anathema [accursed].” (Galatians 1:6-9)
Consequently, we have no pope and no Catholic pastors with jurisdiction or authority. They are all heretics who have been automatically excommunicated from the Church. Their appointments were null and void in the first place. The heretics are anathema. Sede vacante.
Pope Paul IV: “If ever at any time it shall appear that ... even the Roman Pontiff, prior to his promotion or his elevation as Cardinal or Roman Pontiff, has deviated from the Catholic Faith or fallen into some heresy ... the promotion or elevation, even if it shall have been uncontested and by the unanimous assent of all the Cardinals, shall be null, void and worthless ... Everyone shall be permitted at any time to withdraw with impunity from obedience and devotion to those thus promoted or elevated and to avoid them as warlocks, heathens, publicans, and heresiarchs.” (Cum Ex Apostolatus)
England endured a sede vacante from the period of Henry VIII to the restoration of the Catholic episcopal sees in 1850. That situation is now spread abroad.
St. Athanasius († 373) wrote as follows to confirm the faithful during the Arian crisis, when Liberius and all the “approved” bishops in the world went over to Arianism and Athanasius and the few other orthodox Catholic bishops were excommunicated by Rome.
“Even if Catholics faithful to Tradition are reduced to a handful, they are the ones who are the true Church of Jesus Christ.” (Epistle to the Catholics)
If the faithful have
been reduced to a handful today,
The Zenit article follows. Protestant sects are gaining recruits from the Afro-Caribbean community but the Roman Catholic Church continues to decline apace.
Churches Face a Continuing Fall in Attendance
The report, the 2005 English Church Census, shows that from 1998-2005 “only” a half-million people stopped going to church. The good news was that this was half the loss sustained in the nine-year period prior to 1998.
The press release
accompanying the report was titled, “Pulling out of the Nosedive,” and it
claimed: “Many churches in
The census found that there are two major reasons for the slowing decline: the number of churches are growing; plus there was a considerable increase of ethnic minority churchgoers, especially blacks.
The data were
collected from surveys sent to 37,500 churches, of which about half
responded. The attendance figures are those for
Just over a third of churches, 34%, are growing. This compares with 21% in 1998. A further 16% are stable, up from 14% in 1998. The proportion of churches in decline has fallen from 65% in 1998 to 50%. Nevertheless, the losses from declining churches outweigh the gains from those with increasing numbers. And this continuing decline is taking place in a situation where church attendance is already at extremely low levels.
The Catholic and Anglican churches accounted for over half of the numbers in the census, with each having just over 800,000 people in church the day the data were collected. Next in order of numbers were the Methodist, Pentecostal and Baptist churches.
Numbers for the Catholic Church were slightly ahead of the Anglican level. But compared with 1998 the decline in attendance for the Catholic Church was much greater than for the Anglicans. In 1998 the Sunday participation for Catholics was just over 1.2 million, meaning that in the previous seven years their numbers have dropped by almost a third.
Another problem is that churchgoers are significantly older on average than the population. No fewer than 29% of churchgoers are 65 or over, compared with 16% of the population. Believers in the younger age groups also tend to go to church less often, and there is a progressive decline in belief as age drops, with very few churchgoers in the younger age brackets. Less than 10% go to church in the 20-29 age group, and this falls to 5% in the 15-19 group.
Regarding the question
of increased participation by ethnic groups, the census found that blacks now
account for 10% of all churchgoers in
A more detailed look
at the situation of the Catholic Church came in another report, published
this summer by the
Over the same period baptisms were halved, while marriages and confirmations plunged by 60%.
As well, first
Communions declined by 40% and the number of adult converts fell 55%.
According to the Times, more recent figures, from 2004, show little
improvement in the situation. Numbers going to Mass on a Sunday in 1991 in
The Web site for the
Catholic Church in
The number of marriages in Catholic churches fell precipitously, from 29,337 in 1981 to 11,013 in 2003. The Web site estimated weekly Mass attendance at 915,497.
Last April 10 the Telegraph newspaper published a detailed article on the situation of Catholic monasteries and convents. Citing official figures the article said that only a dozen people entered monasteries in 2004, thus continuing a decline that has persisted in recent decades.
Vocations to monastic
orders were 107 in 1982. By 1990 this had fallen to 52, and in 2000 only 20
entered. The total number of monks in
The situation of nuns
is similar. In
The average age of
“It can die”
The Chicago Tribune
newspaper last May 11 examined the crisis of faith in
A new ad campaign is trying to reach to young people in order to overcome this problem. The campaign’s tactics, among them an image showing Christ’s face on the side of a beer glass, have come under criticism for their superficiality. The campaign is being organized by an ecumenical group, the Churches’ Advertising Network.
Another tactic of the campaign, reported the Telegraph on Sept. 15, is setting up a page for Jesus on the MySpace Internet site, a social networking page very popular among adolescents.
Amid doubts over the
future of organized religion in
commented, scientific developments are in danger of “outstripping our ethical