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Monday, March 22, 2010


Ed Peters

Good essay. This line caught my eye, though: "Statistically, at least, the outlook for the Church in Ireland is good. A recent survey found that 47 percent of Irish people attend Mass weekly."

47% Mass attendance is "good"? Less terrible than, say, Italy's weekly attendance rate, but hardly "good", eh?


One inclined to waggishness might say that always and everywhere 100% of Catholics attend Mass, because if you ain't going to Mass you ain't a Catholic.

Ed Peters

But, it's not waggishnesss. It's just dumb. This penchant defining out of the Church Catholics who don't act like Cahtolics just avoids the problem of, well, Catholics who don't act as Catholics.

Rich Leonardi

47% is higher than anywhere in the Western world, save perhaps Poland.

Ed Peters

If RL is right (and for all i know, he is) we are deep deep deep trouble. on several fronts. not news, that.

Manuel G. Daugherty Razetto

Envy said Francis Bacon(1561-1626), is like: "A man that hath no virtue in himself ever envieth virtue in others; and who so is out of hope to attain to another's virtue will seek to come at even hand by depressing another's fortune"
One is reasonably tempted to deduce today's attacks against BXVI, the Church and consequently Christianity, as the fruit of envy. And it is an envy that has no end.

If we accept that the main reason that gives uniqueness to Benedict XVI's whole and varied governing is an always present conception that he feels responsible to God for all those entrusted to him as the successor of Peter, then we understand his Pastoral Letter to the Irish Bishops correctly.

A cardinal point of the P.L., of which little will be said by the attackers, is the detail of Pastoral Visits which demonstrates how serious, honest and wise BXVI is about the Irish Catholic Church.

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