There’s a reason that atheism is called…

…”the faith of the fatherless.

Almost fifty years ago, when the Catholic Church unveiled its new rite of Mass in the Sistine Chapel, Cardinal John Heenan, then Archbishop of Westminster, remarked that if the Church used the new liturgy in ordinary parishes it would “soon be left with a congregation mostly of women and children.” In 1967, Heenan could proudly assert that in his country “not only women and children but also fathers of families and young men” regularly attended Mass. …

Evidence shows that the three groups least likely to be active Christians today are men, young people, and the poor.

A study of Swiss churchgoers commissioned by the Council of Europe found that if a mother attends church regularly but the father is non-practicing, only 2 percent of their children will attend church regularly in adult life. If the roles are reversed, with the father attending regularly and the mother non-practicing, the figure for regular attendance shoots up to 44 percent (higher even than the figure when both parents attend regularly). Another study found that when an American mother converts to the faith, there is a 17 percent chance that the rest of her family will follow. When the father alone converts, this figure rises to 93 percent.

— Aaron Taylor, “Fatherless Churches”, First Things, January 2014

About The Codgitator (a cadgertator)

Catholic convert. Quasi-Zorbatic. Freelance interpreter, translator, and web marketer. Former ESL teacher in Taiwan (2003-2012) and former public high school teacher (2012-2014). Married father of three. Multilingual, would-be scholar, and fairly consistent fitness monkey. My research interests include: the interface of religion and science, the history and philosophy of science and technology, ancient and medieval philosophy, and cognitive neuroscience. Please pray for me.
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2 Responses to There’s a reason that atheism is called…

  1. Crude says:

    Now that is fascinating…

  2. I know that young people are less likely to be religious because Western society has been getting increasingly secular for decades and stats support this. That women are more likely to be religious than men is also well known. I am interested in this study which shows that poor people are less likely to be religious because the opposite is true in all studies I have seen.
    http://www.gallup.com/poll/142727/religiosity-highest-world-poorest-nations.aspx
    https://humanism.org.uk/2009/07/29/news-332/
    http://www.skeptic.com/reading_room/religious-belief-and-societal-health/

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