Where have all the faithful gone?

The Church of Ireland diocese of Down and Dromore is suffering a drastic drop in congregation numbers with just 17% attending Church of a Sunday.

Baptisms and Sunday school attendances are also down.

In the same Irish Independent article, as far as I can understand it (could be Galway), there has been a 50% drop in the number of Catholic baptisms in Dublin between 1965 and 1995.

Some would take this as further evidence of a crisis for Christianity in Ireland and a further indication of how out of touch the established Churches are with the people of this island. Or is it simply a case that religion is no longer the glue that binds much of our society together?

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