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Why priests in Ireland are fading into history


Eldorado

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In Ireland, where religion has played such a big place in its past, for better or for worse, fewer and fewer people are attending mass on Sunday, and even less are willing to commit themselves to the sanctified life of a priest.

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According to Father Flannery, the sexual abuse scandal surrounding the church is one of the main factors driving people away from religion, but also the fact that the institution is not aligned with modern-day society.

“It’s hard enough getting young people to go to mass, and even more so when it is conducted by an 85-year-old”, he tells Euronews over the phone while remembering a recent church event.

Coming up to Christmas, he explains that the world has become more “consumerist and materialistic” and that it’s hard for young people to “find a space in life to think about issues around faith, God, and the meaning of life.”

Full article at EuroNews

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1 hour ago, Eldorado said:

Coming up to Christmas, he explains that the world has become more “consumerist and materialistic” and that it’s hard for young people to “find a space in life to think about issues around faith, God, and the meaning of life.”

The church (of Jesus Christ) always grows when it is under oppression.  That comes when people become aware that they are not, as they thought, in control of their lives.  The organized Catholic church is only one sect of Christianity but is usually seen as the primary representative of all Christendom.  If it is failing in Ireland - and the wider EU - it is due to the "falling away" that was prophesied millennia ago.  As it falls, Islam rises.  The EU better pray that it isn't the Islam of the Arabs that controls Europe going forward.

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2 hours ago, and-then said:

The church (of Jesus Christ) always grows when it is under oppression. 

When was the last time that happened?

2 hours ago, and-then said:

 If it is failing in Ireland - and the wider EU - it is due to the "falling away" that was prophesied millennia ago.

Which chapter and verse in the Bible?

2 hours ago, and-then said:

  As it falls, Islam rises.  The EU better pray that it isn't the Islam of the Arabs that controls Europe going forward.

Errrrr...no...Islam is dying too. It's the radicals who go out last kicking and screaming. 

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9 hours ago, and-then said:

The church (of Jesus Christ) always grows when it is under oppression.  That comes when people become aware that they are not, as they thought, in control of their lives.  The organized Catholic church is only one sect of Christianity but is usually seen as the primary representative of all Christendom.  If it is failing in Ireland - and the wider EU - it is due to the "falling away" that was prophesied millennia ago.  As it falls, Islam rises.  The EU better pray that it isn't the Islam of the Arabs that controls Europe going forward.

The thing is, we don't really need religion anymore.  It is obsolete.  I would go so far as to point to Islam as an example of how religion holds a society back from technical and scientific progress by siphoning brainpower away from STEM and into what is essentially a frivolous and absurd pursuit of the obviously non-existent.

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I think people are just sick of following unbelievable, out of date stories. Best thing would be if all religions died and people stood on their own two feet.

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