Pittsburgh: Mass attendance down 40% since 2000
[“We need to do more of the same to get more of the same”]
Catholic World News – August 18, 2016
Commenting on sobering demographic and financial trends, Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that “the number one priority has to be, ‘We need to make our worship better.”
“Second of all, we need to do the best job that we can to get not only more ordained leaders, but we really have to open up lots of doors for the lay leaders of the Church,” he said.
Since 2000, diocesan Mass attendance has declined by 40%, and K-8 Catholic school enrollment has fallen by 50%.
The newspaper also reported that nearly half of Pittsburgh parishes are the in red, compared to one-third in 2012.