CATHOLIC MASS ATTENDANCE AND OTHER FIGURES IN CINCINNATI AND COVINGTON DECLINE AGAIN IN 2017 

CATHOLIC MASS ATTENDANCE AND OTHER FIGURES IN CINCINNATI AND COVINGTON DECLINE AGAIN IN 2017 

[The “springtime” of Vatican II continues in Ohio and Kentucky]

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Jan. 21, 2018  
Michael Mason was a happy member of a Protestant church when he began studying the works of St. Thomas Aquinas, one of the great theologians of the Roman Catholic Church.

His studies led him to believe that the Catholic church offered a better, truer model for following Jesus Christ, so he and his wife, Jennifer, converted in 2013. They moved to the tri-state that same year, and Michael now teaches at a parochial school, Roger Bacon High School in St. Bernard.

“The Church breaks through the glass ceiling of evangelicalism to a deeper, more well-rooted Christian experience,” Mason, 36, said.

Local Catholics would like to have more Michael Masons. But national statistics tell them that for every one convert like him the Church gets, six more leave the Church, said Mike Schafer, director of the new office Department of Communications & Mission Promotion for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

That fact is reflected in the count of how many people go to Mass on given Sunday. The Archdiocese of Cincinnati makes such a count every October, and information about October 2017’s count just became available from Schafer.

Schafer declined to give the total number of attendees at the archdiocese’s 211 parishes, but said that there were 1.9 percent fewer than in October 2016. Attendance has declined from between 1.3 to 4.3 percent every year since 2012.

Similar figures were not immediately available from the Diocese of Covington.

So then, Mass attendance is on the decline. What about the other sacraments of the church, like marriage and baptism? What do those numbers look like?

Not so encouraging either.

Ten years ago, there were more Catholics in the archdiocese, more marriages and more baptisms, said Father Thomas Gaunt, executive director for the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, which tracks figures like this for the entire country.

Gaunt said that according to the Official Catholic Directory, in 2017, the archdiocese had:

450,000 Catholics, 8 percent fewer than in 2007;

5,347 infant baptisms, 17 percent fewer than 2007;

1,631 marriages, 25 percent less than 2007;

285 diocesan priests, who typically serve as parish priests, 10 percent fewer than in 2007;

And 697 nuns, or 32 percent fewer than 2007.

The numbers for the Diocese of Covington also show declines:

88,874 Catholics, 4 percent fewer than in 2007;

889 infant baptisms, 24 percent fewer than 2007;

352 marriages, 32 percent fewer than 2007;

88 diocesan priests, 5 percent fewer than 2007;

And 323 nuns, 7 percent fewer than 2007.

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2 comments on “CATHOLIC MASS ATTENDANCE AND OTHER FIGURES IN CINCINNATI AND COVINGTON DECLINE AGAIN IN 2017 

  1. Grim, albeit sadly to be expected.
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    Nuns are toast in NO World, save for perhaps a very few orders of an authentic Catholic orientation, not given to secular pursuits as a substitute for encouraging the sanctification of each religious. I am aware of a handful of still identifiably Carholic orders made up of seriously Carholic women but they are scattered, small in number and unheralded.
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    The only upsurge is among those vocations, clerical or religious, to the scattered precincts in which the True Rite of the Church is made central daily or at least regularly, where the Divine Office is seriously prayed daily and young men and women are formed according to traditional doctrine and praxis. That is still a teeny, tiny segment within the Church but I suspect it may strengthen as the current crisis accelerates into chaos. At any rate, it will be decades before we might see more encouraging stats. The war begun in the 1960s is far from over.

  2. Now here’s the bitterest truth of all: Insofar as even those DECLINING numbers of “Catholics” represent Novus Ordo “Catholics”, it were far better if they were even LESS.

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