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Dutch survey: when churches close, most parishioners don’t seek another

January 13, 2020

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CWN Editor's Note: A new survey by the Dutch Catholic weekly Katholiek Nieuwsblad has found that when rural parishes close, most parishioners do not seek out another parish, but simply stop going to church. The survey also found that the social functions that parishes perform will quickly fulfilled by other social groups in the villages.

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  • Posted by: [email protected] - Jan. 15, 2020 10:32 PM ET USA

    Sounds like the Churches were more of a social function rather than religious. If what they say is true, then this is truly sad. There is definitely a lack of faith going on in the Dutch Church. Just a reflection of Europe in general. St. Michael help them.

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Jan. 14, 2020 3:16 PM ET USA

    Shame on those responsible for evangelization in their dioceses. Shame on the educational institutions for not teaching the truth.