The good news buried in the St Mary’s survey on Catholicism

It is facts like these that are so encouraging for the faith. đŸ™‚

Catholic Voices Comment

Dr Stephen Bullivant Dr Stephen Bullivant

[Joe Ronan] Mass on Sunday is four times more popular than Premier League football and two and a half times more people attend a Catholic church during the year than theatres.*

These are some of the unreported findings of a survey into religious groups in England and Wales, which gives a fascinating insight into the make up of the Catholic population in particular.

The report, ‘Contemporary Catholicism in England and Wales’, by the Catholic university of St Mary’s in west London, analyses data collected through British Social Attitudes surveys over three decades — although excluding Northern Ireland and Scotland.

It has generated sobering headlines that ‘nones’ in the UK (those who profess no religious affiliation) now make up just under half (48.5 per cent) of the population, outnumbering Christians for the first time. Those who define themselves as Christian – Anglicans, Catholics and other denominations…

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