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Ireland's Thirtysomethings: Church must attend to the needs of its flock

A nationwide survey of 1,000 Irish men and women in their 30s yields surprising results. Their attitudes to life and work, sex and religion, immigrants, same sex marriage, drugs and morality are carried today in the first of a series of reports.

Published 10/11/2013 | 01:00

The Catholic Church is dead – long live the Catholic Church. There are those who will be inclined to nail today's poll to the door of their local church: more people turn to "meditation, yoga and personal reflection" than to the Church for "emotional comfort and reassurance" after all.

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Which is to wrongly assume that a church (building) is not a place to turn to for meditation and personal reflection, whatever about yoga, the physical, mental and spiritual discipline to attain a state of permanent peace.

But I can think of few things more depressing than a state of permanent peace; in fact, it is one of the drawbacks of the Heaven we have been asked to believe in. Give me purgatory any day. Does purgatory still exist? It's hard to keep up. A day trip to Hell might also be interesting.

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