By the numbers: How the Catholic Church has changed during Pope Francis’ pontificate
March 23, 2023
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CWN Editor's Note: “Statistically speaking, the Church has grown, keeping pace with and even exceeding overall world population growth,” according to the report.
However, “the Church performed 2 million fewer baptisms in 2020 [marked by Covid lockdowns] than in 2013. The number of marriages declined by 702,246, or nearly a third. Confirmations and first Communions also dropped by 12% and 13%, respectively, despite relatively stable levels of Mass attendance in the world’s 13 most Catholic countries.”
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Posted by: mclom -
Mar. 25, 2023 5:58 AM ET USA
I was worried for a while that Mr. Lawler was being myopic about the anomolies in the Pope's reign to date so was "cheered" to read this... Not good, and I ask, how long is the Pope going to get away with what seems to me, a housewife, to be a deliberate muddying of Church waters? His apparent refusal to condemn outright the German Synod feeds the anger of true Catholics everywhere although we know it is a sin to think like this. May God provide clarification soon!