Gallup reports that Catholic church attendance in the US has been on a steady decline in the last decade. No great surprise there. I mean, you can be spiritual anywhere. You don’t need to go to church or nothing, right?
Gallup’s data found an average of 39 percent of Catholics reported attending church within the past seven days between 2014 and 2017, compared with 45 percent from 2005 to 2008.
Protestants only saw a 1% dip in the same time period.
49 percent of Catholics older than 60 reported attending church weekly between 2014 to 2017.
“In particular, older Catholics have become less likely to report attending church in the past seven days — so that now, for the first time, a majority of Catholics in no generational group attend weekly,” Gallup said.
Young people — between the ages of 21 and 29 — remain the least likely to attend church weekly in either group at 25 percent among Catholics and 36 percent among Protestants.
The 21 to 29 age group was also the least likely to report an affiliation with any religion, with 33 percent identifying with no religion and 14 percent selecting “other.”
I think the answer to this is to try to make the Mass cooler and more hep with the peeps with music they can relate to like with guitars and tambourines. Oh, and less Jesus stuff. Maybe hide the tabernacle.