Britain to become a Catholic country?

If Ireland is becoming less Catholic, it seem Britain is becoming moreso. The first Catholic church in Britain was a private chapel for a local landlord in south Dorset. Accordingly, a little knot of local Catholic families still live there. Cardinal Manning once famously said towards the end of the 19th Century that “eight-tenths of the Catholics in England are Irish. Two-tenths, say two hundred thousand, are English.” A few years previously, Manning had even admitted that he had “given up working for the people of England to work for the Irish occupation in England”. Now the influx from outside and the steady decline in numbers of the Anglican Church at home will see the numbers attending church flip and make Britain and nominally (Roman) Catholic country. An irony not lost on the Irish Independent:

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty