Religious attendance: Like snow in the sun January 8, 2017Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
We were discussing religious attendances a while back and talking to a friend recently on the same topic she made what I thought was a very good point. Her view was that it wasn’t the scandals that did for the Catholic Church or indeed any broader societal pressures but simply that they they functioned as a means of offering an excuse for people who, when all came to all from the off weren’t that pushed about weekly attendance. They went because there was a broad but diffuse social pressure. Once there was a way of lifting that pressure… well, that was it.
And I find that particularly interesting because it suggests that religious observance was never that deeply held, that religious belief likewise, on this island. None of this is to deny the very real pressures that the Catholic Church brought to be bear in both the secular and religious space. But once that pressure was lifted even slightly it was largely gone.
The idea of the Irish as particularly religious was probably always a crock. This was a phenomenon of observance which is of course different from faith.