Census: Extinction Looms For Irish Catholicism

How uncool is the Catholic Church for today’s Irish kids? If the church were a boy band, it would be like, New Kids On The Block — and nobody would hang its poster on their bedroom walls anymore and it would be so lonely it would have to resort to molesting itself.

irish-bishopMore than 80% of Church of Ireland parishioners do not regularly worship, Bishop Ken Good said…

A church census revealed that, over the Church of Ireland as a whole, an average of 15.5% of parishioners were present at Sunday worship. This means that, on average, over 80% are choosing not to be part of the regular worship…

The census also showed that the majority of those who worship are aged above 50 (57%), rather than below, with those aged 19-30 significantly under-represented in church life (5%).  [Belfast Telegraph]