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Holland: portrait of Catholicism in trouble

December 30, 2009

Sandro Magister of L’Espresso surveys the Catholic scene in Holland, where the Catholic faith is at a low ebb:

A country in which today 41 percent of the population say that they have no religious faith, and 58 percent no longer know what Christmas is. A Church in which there are Dominicans and Jesuits who are theorizing and practicing Masses without priesthood or Christian sacrament, in which those present "consecrate" collectively, around a "table that is also open to people of different religious traditions."


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  • Posted by: Defender - Dec. 31, 2009 9:40 PM ET USA

    As the article states (as have others), Islam has made huge inroads in Europe. Likewise it seems, though we complain in the U.S. about our inept bishops, one has to also point to the European bishops (post-Vatican II) for the general lack of faith.

  • Posted by: Jim.K - Dec. 31, 2009 1:32 PM ET USA

    Does anyone remember the "Dutch Catechism"? It was so much more "relavant" than that old "Baltimore" thing. Hummn! Do you think that maybe they have reaped what they have sown?

  • Posted by: unum - Dec. 31, 2009 8:31 AM ET USA

    Sounds like a preview of the U.S. in 2020, unless the bishops give up politics and MBA management. They need to return to leading Christ's Church in accordance with His teaching.

  • Posted by: Telengard - Dec. 30, 2009 8:53 PM ET USA

    So, we have blatant liturgical abuse and flagrant dereliction or complicent behaviour by the 'leadership' of two major religious orders. Is it really any surprise that such a large percent claim to have no religious faith? Of course, when one looks at the behaviour of the Irish clergy in the area of morals, how can the layman trust the 'shepherds'? DrJazz is exactly right. Luke 18:8.

  • Posted by: DrJazz - Dec. 30, 2009 2:41 PM ET USA

    "But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?" (Luke 18:8)