Wednesday, June 11, 2014

On church demographics, Anglicanism again, and Fr. Flanagan on Catholic schools in Ireland

  • Church demographics and more on Anglicanism. Everybody's declining in America but I think the biological solution will work for Catholic trads. The Pew survey on American church attendance. The same pattern across the board: because there's such a thing as "the American religion"?
  • Boys Town's Irish-born Fr. Flanagan warned the Irish church about abuse at the Christian Brothers' industrial schools. I'm not sure how much of this is revisionism, bashing the old church to please liberal readers, but this might be true. Of course the claim that Fr. Flanagan based his work on love and freedom is appealing; the best of the church and the best of America, in which the church flourished. Not only the basis for Spencer Tracy in a sentimental fictionalized biopic but Bing Crosby as jaunty curate Fr. O'Malley in Going My Way, back when Hollywood made pro-Catholic movies because then America almost accepted us (all the churches used to agree on morals) and there were enough practicing Catholics (a big real community most were born into) to make that good box-office.

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