Jeremiah 51:8 Babylon will suddenly fall and be broken.
The steady decline of the Roman Catholic church continues its steady pace as more and more Catholics become increasingly disillusioned by its teachings and practices.
Over 1,800 US parishes have closed since 1990
July 19, 2011
The number of Catholic parishes in the United States fell from 19,620 in 1990 to 17,784 in 2010–a drop of about 10%–according to a study conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate.
Over the same time span, the US Catholic population grew by nearly 50%, from 46 million to over 69 million.
The overall number of parishes in the US is now only slightly higher than the number in 1965 (17,637).
The average number of Sunday Masses at the typical US parish, according to the study, rose from 3.5 to 3.8 between 2000 and 2010, and average weekend Mass attendance rose from 966 to 1,110.
29% of parishes now have a regularly-scheduled Mass in a language other than English–up from 21% in 2000
One of the reasons that made even “Catholic to the bone” Catholics leave the church is the recent revelations about rampant child abuse AND the concealment of the abuse from public view and scrutiny, and protection of the perpetrators.
The Cardinal was a young priest in 1975 when he took part in concealing the crimes of Rev. Brendan Smyth who has since admitted to molesting and raping over 100 children in Ireland and the US. That’s a lot of betrayed innocent victims.
To explain his actions, the Cardinal said: “We had no guidance. We were in uncharted territory, and now we have higher standards, thankfully.” Rape and molestation were no less a crime then than they are now and yet the Cardinal is so removed from the conscience of the society he is a part of that he only acknowledges the church hierarchy as his moral compass. Obviously, the young priest didn’t lack loyalty and was rewarded for it. He makes a devastating case without a clue that’s what he’s admitting.
It won’t be long now when we will personally witness this mighty giant Roman Catholic church completely fades away.