Saturday 16 December 2017

David Quinn: Packed Mass shows what the church must do: turn believers into belongers

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The church I rock up to for Mass each week is the same one I've been going to since childhood, bar an eight-year hiatus mostly spent out of the country.

As a child, the church was pretty much packed for Mass almost every Sunday. If you were a bit late you had to squeeze into one of the pews to get a seat or stand at the back.

Then the numbers started to dwindle, especially from the 1980s and continuing into the 1990s. Notably, the decline was well under way even before we knew a thing about the scandals.

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