Over at the Fishwrap, their elder-dissenter Richard McBrien posted a column about shifts in Mass attendance. He works from a study about the “‘Supersizing’ the U.S. Catholic Parish Life” conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
Among the findings the study came up with we read that more Catholics are attending Mass at fewer parishes staffed by a rapidly declining number of priests, one in three parishes (29 percent) has Masses at least once a month in a language other than English, household contributions are higher in smaller parishes than in larger, parishes are likely to get bigger because the number of Catholics continues to grow, and smaller parishes are being closed.
I hate to admit it, but McBrien offers a pretty good precis of the information in the report. He should stick to stuff like this. Of course the reason why he reports on this is that he wanted to push his notion of leadership in the Church.
Reading about this CARA study reminded me of another CARA study a couple years ago which I wrote about HERE.
That study showed that of Catholics in the USA having any opinion at all on the topic favor the availability of Masses in the the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite by a two to one margin, with the majority having no opinion.
When asked “Do you favor as an alternative to the newer Mass, bringing back the Traditional Latin Mass for those who would prefer this option?”
25% favored the option, 12% opposed it, and 63% had no opinion.
Support for the TLM option wass higher among older Catholics, those who attend Mass weekly, political independents, and those with graduate degrees.
We need a Marshall Plan.