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Thursday, February 15, 2007

Catholics set to pass Anglicans as leading Church in UK

Roman Catholicism is set to become the dominant religion in Britain for the first time since the Reformation because of massive migration from Catholic countries across the world.Catholic parishes will swell by hundreds of thousands over the next few years after managing years of decline, according to a new report, as both legal and illegal migrants enter the country. It says that the influx of migrants could be the Catholic community’s “greatest threat” or its “greatest opportunity”.

While in some places the Catholic Church has responded positively, in others it has been “overwhelmed” by the scale of the challenge. The growth of Catholicism in Britain comes as the established Church of England and the Anglican provinces in Scotland, Wales and Ireland face continuing, if slow, decline. Average Sunday attendance of both churches stood even at nearly one million in 2005, according to the latest statistics available for England and Wales, but the attendance at Mass is expected to soar.

See the full article here.

4 Comments:

Blogger Brian Douglas said...

This has been the situation in Australia for some years now. Roman Catholics are the largest Christian denomination here as a result of a great deal of post war migration. Catholics are about 27% of the population with Anglicans at about 22% and declining rapidly. On an average Sunday in Australia about 560 000 Catholics go to church compared to about only 180 000 Anglicans. While many people say they are Anglicans in the census the attendance does not reflect this. The most amazing statistic in Australia is that more Pentecostals (about 200 000) go to church on a Sunday than Anglicans even though the number of Pentecostals is very small compared to the number of people who say they are Anglicans. There are some real issues here for the mainstream churches and worrying trends into the future. I thought this might be an interesting comparison to the UK.

10:58 am  
Anonymous john scholasticus said...

I hate it when people refer to the Roman Catholic "religion". Many RCs do, of course, and it's part of their arrogance which means that some of us will never become RCs (verb. sap., Jeff). Even more deplorable when non-RCs fall int this error. Gad to see it does not apply to BD.

Hope this gets through ...

6:17 am  
Blogger Jeffrey said...

John Scholasticus,

We definitely are overdue for a Scotch; when are you coming by with some good stuff?

9:01 am  
Anonymous john scholasticus said...

Jeff,

I'm overwhelmed with work stuff at the moment but will definitely come by sometime (and with something rather good tucked furtively under my arm).

On the technical side, I did have trouble posting a few times and even when one visits first off it generally says 'done but with errors on page'.

Regards to the Steel family,

Pax tecum, John.

8:40 pm  

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