H/T to Rorate Caeli
The IFOP Institute has just made a survey on Catholicism in France for the daily La Croix. The result is mind-blowing:
- Whilst, in 1965, 81% of the French declared themselves as Catholics, they were no more than 64% in 2009.
- More serious: whilst 27% of the French went to Mass once a week or more in 1965, they are no more than 4.5% in 2009.
- At a doctrinal level, generally, it’s a catastrophe: 63% of practicing Catholics think all religions are the same; 75% ask for an “aggiornamento” of the Church on contraception and even 68% for abortion.
- As for communion with the Roman Pontiff, the situation is no better: only 27% of practicing Catholics consider that Benedict XVI “rather well” defends “the values of Catholicism” (personally, I don’t even understand the question, but that doesn’t matter) when 34% think he defends them “rather badly”.
That’s the least we could say, that in view of the figures, it is urgent to change the strategy and reunite the living forces of French Catholicism to re-evangelise the former Eldest Daughter of the Church! To find all the survey data (in French): “La Croix“.