Sunday 27 May 2018

Church's survival does not depend on its entertainment value

Pope Francis: 3.7 million people were marked on the census as Catholics. Photo: REUTERS
Pope Francis: 3.7 million people were marked on the census as Catholics. Photo: REUTERS
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Michael Kelly's article on the state of the Catholic Church in Ireland (Irish Independent, October 13), arising from Paul Melia's analysis of the Census 2016, is concise and, in some respects, hits the nail on the head. However, as its approach is basically secular, it doesn't get to the kernel of the matter, especially regarding the Catholic Church.

This secular approach is exemplified in the last paragraph which reads, "...if you were a young family considering a return to church, would you be more likely to want to attend a vibrant, packed church with excellent music and relevant preaching or a small group of people huddling together for warmth in an over-sized building hoping against the odds for renewal to come from the sky?"

Let me begin by stating that it is quite amazing that 3.7 million people in Ireland, in 2016, stated that they were Catholics.

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