Friday, December 28, 2007

Catholics Now Outnumber Anglicans in the UK

My, how the house built on sand does indeed sink. The house Christ laid the foundations for on solid rock 2000 years ago still towers above all the other man made ones. Not that ecclesial truth is found in numbers, but it does say something when the once outlawed and persecuted Catholic Church has grown even larger than her former oppressor.

London, Dec 24, 2007 / 10:30 am (CNA).- In the United Kingdom, new research has found that services offered by the Church of England are no longer the country’s most popular form of worship. The Press Association reports that Catholic churchgoers outnumber Anglicans for the first time since the Reformation.
Read the whole thing here.


Thos said...

In this case, the other church shrank to be smaller than the Catholic church as much as the latter grew. Both were over 1,000,000 in weekly worship attendance several years back, and now both are over 800,000 with the Catholics this time having the statistical upper hand.

The fizzling of Anglicanism is as telling of the Reformation's vigor as is any continued growth of Catholicism in the U.K.

Anonymous said...

Now if we could only get our churches back. While they are at it they can return those in Ireland as well.

Gretchen said...

I think it's just loverly that the Catholic Church is proving again the gates of hell cannot prevail against it.

Grifman said...

Please, spare us the silly Catholic triumphalism and gloating. Christianity is in retreat across Europe, including the former Catholic strongholds of France, Spain and Italy. To gloat over the decline of Anglicanism in the UK while the Christianity collapses all over Europe is parochial and short sighted. Our enemies are secularism not each other.

Tim A. Troutman said...

It's called irony grifman. And our enemy is Satan not secularism.

Thanks for the comments but no thanks.

Grifman said...

Your blog post may have been ironic but I wasn't responding to your post so much, but the comments of others here about this indicating the lack of vigor of the Reformation churches, etc. The problem faced by Christianity in Europe is across the board, and not limited to Protestanism.

Secularism primary is the enemy in Europe, it is the tool Satan is using there. And let's not play word games. If you're going to quibble over something like that, why even have a discussion?

Griifman said...

PS, I also live in Charlotte, so you should be nice to your neighbor :)

Tim A. Troutman said...

I'm sorry for being short. But the reason I brought up secularism not being the enemy was not to play word games but to stress a reality - that many mainline Protestants (and sadly many Catholics as well) might as well be fighting on the same side as secularism.

The Catholic Church can ally herself with a few Protestant branches that are semi-faithful to historic Christianity on certain issues but she (the Church) has no allies on others.

She has no ally on the issue of contraception (which as I'm sure you know the Anglican community led the way in liberalizing on in 1930) and she doesn't have many allies left on several other important issues. If you took the top 10 most important issues in the spiritual battle against the enemy (in whatever tool he may use be it secularism, Islam, dissenting Catholics, Protestantism etc...) you would see that the Catholic Church has few allies.

But she has one Ally who promised that the gates of hell would not prevail against her and with that promise we can rest assured.

And while certain problems may exist across the board for all Christians in Europe (and here and elsewhere), the Catholic Church is intrinsically more prepared to deal with the modern issues than any Protestant Church which is why you see what was once an outlawed religion (the Catholic faith) in England by the church of England has now grown (or shrunk less whatever you want to say) than the very "church" that used to put her members to death. Case in point being Poland - a Catholic nation repeatedly standing up and saying no to the culture of death while Protestant nations are embracing it with open arms.

The Church Jesus Christ founded is triumphing and will continue to do so. That's why after 2000 years she hasn't liberalized on any doctrine whereas without exception every other branch of Christianity has.

With all that said, the few faithful branches of Christianity that do remain outside the Church we of course stand with open arms to welcome another ally in the war on the culture of death and other battles we're all fighting now.

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