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PopeWatch: The Francis Effect

Mass attendance in the US is on the decline:

 

An average of 39 percent of U.S. Catholics attended church weekly during the heart of the Francis papacy, from 2014 to 2017, Gallup found in a survey released April 9, which represents a significant drop from the 45 percent of Catholics who attended weekly Mass from 2005 to 2008, in the early years of the Benedict pontificate.

Go here to read the rest.  So much for the Francis Effect of luring people back to the pews.  However the thought occurs that for the Pope the decline in Mass attendance may well be a feature of his pontificate and not a bug.

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.

7 Comments

  1. One of the old goals of the anti-God Marxist secularists was to alter the Church’s mission from one of salvation of souls to one of “social justice.”
    Why would any one bother to worship in just another failed social agency?
    If and when the Church returns to it’s first mission (Worshipping God and repentance from sin) it will thrive even n this world so contaminated with the diabolical.

  2. And when they bring back the tambourines and Beetles & Simon & Garfunkle tunes (to reflect Francis style and insistence that liturgical rules are for jerks) – the numbers will plunge even further. But, hey, who am I to judge?

  3. The idea of a Sunday Obligation is just legalistic, something put
    forward by self-absorbed promethean neo-Pelagians who want
    to “feel superior to others because they observe certain rules or
    remain intransigently faithful to a particular Catholic style from the
    past”. All those people who used to be in the pews are now
    choosing to accompany the Church from the peripheries, I suppose.
    (/sarc.)

    Didn’t Francis assure us that all those Catholics who were divorced
    and civilly remarried were only waiting for his new merciful Church
    to readmit them to the Sacraments? Why aren’t they flooding the
    pews? I think we all know that his supposed ‘mercy’ for those
    Catholics was only a pretext to justify the demolition work this
    Pope wanted to undertake, and no one in Rome gives a fig about
    declining Mass attendance.

  4. From the article:

    “As Gallup first reported in 2009, the steepest decline in church attendance among U.S. Catholics occurred between the 1950s and 1970s, when the percentage saying they had attended church in the past seven days fell by more than 20 percentage points.”

    Hmm . . . what happened in that time frame between the 1950s and the 1970s?

  5. I would have expected the effect to be more severe than it has been.

    If my own experience of parish life is representative, parish clergy have tuned him out. Parish life goes on. There’s a portrait of him in the side corridor, but otherwise references to him ceased (IIRC) around the latter half of 2014.

    Over many decades, we’ve grown used to bad birds in the episcopacy, especially during the period running from 2001 to 2004. I think that may have inured some people. They stink and we’re nose-blind now. Some time ago, Fr. Paul Mankowski, SJ offered that the first six decades of the 20th century were something of a golden age for the occidental clergy. Clergymen were faithful and diligent or knew they better appear to be. Fascinating, after a fashion, how quickly that all went away.

  6. Fellow leftist Jesuits think Francis is the greatest thing to ever happen to the Church. Catholics that try to follow the Doctrines of the Catholic Church, not so much. In my very active KoC council, I know of one (1) Knight that actually says good things about him. And he’s a democrat.

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