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Poor Mass Attendance in Mexico PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sherry   
Saturday, 17 March 2007 03:41
From Catholic News Service:

In a city where 90% say they are Catholic, only 6 -9% attend mass regularly on Sunday.

A report published by the Archdiocese of Mexico City said only 6 percent to 9 percent of its Catholics attend Sunday Mass regularly. The report, which was written by the archdiocesan information director, Carlos Villa Roiz, said the archdiocese's churches are packed for Christmas, Ash Wednesday and popular saints' feast days.

If all the archdiocese's Catholics attended Mass, the archdiocese would be challenged to meet the demand, said the report published in the archdiocese's weekly bulletin March 11. "If all Catholics attended Sunday Mass, the (churches) of Mexico City would be inadequate, and priests would have to direct Mass outdoors," it said. Mexico City and the surrounding metropolitan area form one of the world's largest urban conglomerations."

There isn't a single country where, if all the resident Catholics showed up at Mass on a given Sunday, the church wouldn't be completely overwhelmed. We complain of priestly shortages now and sacramental overload. What would we do if even the majority of our people decided to return to the practice of the faith?

It would be a nice problem to have. Christmas and Easter all year round.


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