In 2010, a staggering 23,000 people left the Roman Catholic Church in the Netherlands, a 25% increase from the previous year and a new record in the history of the Catholic Church in the Netherlands. In Roman Catholic practice, you become a member at your (infant) baptism and remain one until death, unless you request to be taken off the membership role. The majority of those who left were under 40 years of age and the continuously surfacing scandals of abuse within Catholic institutions played a major role in their decision to leave. The question then is: Is this a blessing or a curse to us?
Monday 20th of May 2013