... but not as bad as in Canada.
A new survey shows that around 22% of Catholics in Italy attend weekly Mass. I think the number in Canada is similar, if not slighty lower.
The study revealed some interesting points:
- 1/3 people who went to college/university attended Mass every week, and yet only 1/10 people in Italy have any post-secondary education. This means regular Mass attendees are, generally speaking, more educated than those who do not atttend Mass on a regular basis.
- The attendance rates are higher for people between the ages of 25-40. Generation of 1968 anyone?
- Priests were asked to guess the percentage themselves. Almost all of them chose figures extremely close to what was actually found in the survey.
On a related note, an article I just read discusses that the decline in vocations and Mass attendance always occurs parallel to an overal decline in the practice of the Sacrament of Confession. Gee, I wonder why?