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Speaking of belief… November 14, 2016

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This cannot be a surprise. I’ve had reason to be an occasional attendee at Masses various over the past couple of years and I’ve got to admit to surprise at how low numbers are. And the next logical consequence?

Falling Mass attendances and a shortage of priests could soon mean some churches in Limerick “will have Mass every second Sunday or one Sunday a month”, Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy has said.
Bishop Leahy also warned that priests’ incomes could be affected by a decline in contributions. Christmas dues, Easter dues and also Harvest dues go towards a priest’s income while weekly collections go towards the upkeep of the local church, he said.
“But we are seeing that those dues are declining, that people don’t think that they are important.”

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1. Joe - November 14, 2016

I hadn’t heard of Harvest dues in an RC context before. They’d be a Protestant type thing in my book. That of course is the slippery slope. Yes that’s where the rot sets in, right there.

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2. Gewerkschaftler - November 14, 2016

The only thing that can possibly save the Catholic Church in much of the so-called developed world is the ordination of women. And Pope Francie has ruled that one out.

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Starkadder - November 14, 2016

Hmmm…I don’t see any reason why women should be prevented from being RC priests. On the other hand, allowing the ordination of women doesn’t seem to have helped the COE:

http://www.christiantoday.com/article/church.of.england.decline.accelerates.while.other.faiths.grow/55050.htm

And it’s not just a Christian controversy:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women_as_imams

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ThalmannBrigadier - November 14, 2016

If they selected a catholic female pope would you start going back to mass?

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Starkadder - November 14, 2016

I haven’t believed in the teachings of the Roman Catholic church since I was 14.

I do miss the sense of community you get from being in a church, but I would be a hypocrite to regularly attend the services of a religion I don’t believe in.

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Gewerkschaftler - November 15, 2016

I haven’t been for many years, and it wouldn’t make much difference to me. I’m not a believer. But I know enough people who are.

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3. benmadigan - November 14, 2016

they’re doomed I tell ye! doomed!

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4. Aonrud ⚘ - November 15, 2016

The word ‘dues’ is quite a useful summary of the problem, isn’t it?

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5. botheredbarney - November 15, 2016

Seems an opportunity has opened up for deep entryists. They better beware of meeting Opus operatives already there under deep cover.

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