“Something is very wrong”; “the clock is ticking”. These are some of the latest reactions as the “crisis point” in the Irish Church reaches an apocalyptic level.
The Finnish Catholic Church is struggling for survival, with just eight parishes in a country of 300,000 square kilometres.
The Belgian Church is buying up big on prime Brussels real estate while warning of the prospect of church closures.
A German prelate urged pastors to better persuade and convince, explaining that “people no longer swallow something just because a bishop says it”.
A group of Irish laypeople and clerics is rallying around suspended Redemptorist priest Tony Flannery and calling for his reinstatement.
A Dutch Catholic weekly is warning the faithful that “the decline in church attendance has not yet reached its lowest point in the Netherlands; the big wave of church closures is yet to come”.