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Fri Aug 31, 2018, 07:12 AM

Amid abuse scandal, 90% fewer Irish Catholics attend Pope Francis' Mass than Pope John Paul II's


In a sign of the Catholic Church's struggles with one of its most faithful followers, fewer than a quarter of an expected crowd of half a million people last weekend attended Pope Francis' public Mass in Dublin, Ireland.

The pope's Mass in Dublin’s Phoenix Park on Sunday drew 135,000 people, far short of the estimated 500,000 people forecast to attend, according to official estimates published by Irish Central, The Journal and other Irish news sites. During the last papal visit to Ireland – in 1979 – Pope John Paul II attracted more than 1 million for a public Mass. That's a drop-off rate of almost 90 percent.


https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2018/08/30/pennsylvania-abuse-scandal-irish-catholics-boycott-pope-francis-mass/1147203002/

The Irish have had it with the RCC.

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Fri Aug 31, 2018, 07:57 AM

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Fri Aug 31, 2018, 08:07 AM

2. But...but...

...faith is growing...all is well...la...la...la...I can't hear you...la...la...la...

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Fri Aug 31, 2018, 09:20 AM

3. Very poor attendance, to be sure. I wonder whether Il Papa

noticed that. It seems to me that if the Roman Catholic Church loses its loyal following in Ireland, it is truly on the downturn. That's exactly what appears to be happening. The RCC is losing its relevance, even in a place where it had held sway for a very, very long time.

Personally, I see that as a positive thing, frankly.

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