The typical Sunday Catholic Mass attendance in England and Wales has been falling for decades. According to the latest available data, in 2019 there were 701,902 attendees – a fall from 712,909 in 2018. In contrast, in 2002, the number was 1,071,975; in 1982 it was 1,570,230; and in 1962 the number was 2,092,667.
Commenting on the figures, Stephen Bullivant, professor of theology and the sociolog…More
The typical Sunday Catholic Mass attendance in England and Wales has been falling for decades. According to the latest available data, in 2019 there were 701,902 attendees – a fall from 712,909 in 2018. In contrast, in 2002, the number was 1,071,975; in 1982 it was 1,570,230; and in 1962 the number was 2,092,667.

Commenting on the figures, Stephen Bullivant, professor of theology and the sociology of religion at St Mary’s University, said that Christianity has long been declining in Western Europe.

While he described the FSSPX as a “fringe” group, he also said that despite the directive from Rome for a clampdown on traditional Mass, there remains “quite thriving congregations that have sprung up fairly recently and are devoted to it”.

Bullivant added: “Some of those people are now looking to the FSSPX, because they thought there was a place for them within the wider Catholic Church, but the direction of travel is: ‘get used to not having the old Mass, or leave’.

“The FSSPX would have got a few refugees from these groups. There’s a decent size of the population who love the Latin Mass and wish there was more of it.”

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