Some recent research on Irish Catholicism carried out for the Association of Catholic Priests (thks Dermot).
This was a professional, robust piece of market research based on interviews with 1000 Catholics spread across geographical, gender, age, and social class categories which found things like :
35% of Irish Catholics go to mass once a week or more
87% think priests should be allowed to marry
77% think women should be able to be ordained as priests
75% think the Church’s teaching on sexuality is NOT relevant either to them or their families
61% disagree with the Church’s teaching that homosexuality is immoral, 21% are not sure and 18% agree it is immoral
87% think that a separated or divorced person in a stable second relationship (not necessarily marriage) should be allowed to receive mass (only 5% thought they should not)
Welcome to post-Catholic / post-Christendom Ireland.
Discussion starters for ten:
What do such findings mean for the Catholic Church in Ireland?
What do such findings mean for other churches in Ireland?