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Changes in Ireland's religious demographics
« on: February 21, 2016, 09:47:55 PM »
Ireland’s last census, in 2011, showed a big rise in the numbers of non-Catholics. Although those identifying themselves as Catholic were still the vast majority of the 4.5m population, more than 6% – 277,000 people – described themselves as atheist, agnostic, lapsed or of “no religion”. The number was an increase of almost 50% since the previous census in 2006; the next census, due in April, is expected to show an even bigger rise.

Migration has also led to significant increases in the numbers identifying as Muslim, Orthodox, Pentecostal, Hindu and Buddhist.

Ireland’s shifting demographics, religious beliefs and social attitudes have major implications for the Catholic church and the state, which have been intertwined since Ireland was partitioned and the south won independence from Britain in 1922. The church’s unyielding views on marriage, divorce, baptism, contraception, abortion and homosexuality are increasingly being challenged or simply ignored.


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Re: Changes in Ireland's religious demographics
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2016, 11:35:38 AM »
Ireland’s shifting demographics, religious beliefs and social attitudes have major implications for the Catholic church and the state, which have been intertwined since Ireland was partitioned and the south won independence from Britain in 1922.
The Vatican's Irish branch hasn't even had legal personality, let alone been intertwined with the state, since 1972.
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Re: Changes in Ireland's religious demographics
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2016, 01:34:05 PM »
I'm sure they all are flocking at the feet of bishop Siluan of Rome.
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Re: Changes in Ireland's religious demographics
« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2016, 01:54:24 PM »
Ireland’s shifting demographics, religious beliefs and social attitudes have major implications for the Catholic church and the state, which have been intertwined since Ireland was partitioned and the south won independence from Britain in 1922.
The Vatican's Irish branch hasn't even had legal personality, let alone been intertwined with the state, since 1972.

The Catholic Church runs almost all state-funded schools. This is one area where the question of changing demographics in Ireland is becoming a serious practical issue: it's often difficult for non-Catholics to get a place in primary schools, since Catholics are given a preference in admissions.

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Re: Changes in Ireland's religious demographics
« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2016, 02:09:38 PM »
Pentecostal Irish? That would be something to see.

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Re: Changes in Ireland's religious demographics
« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2016, 02:14:22 PM »
Pentecostal Irish? That would be something to see.

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Re: Changes in Ireland's religious demographics
« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2016, 02:28:10 PM »
Pentecostal Irish? That would be something to see.

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When they do glossolalia all you hear is James Joyce excerpts.

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« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2016, 02:30:20 PM »
Pentecostal Irish? That would be something to see.

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Re: Changes in Ireland's religious demographics
« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2016, 02:38:20 PM »
Pentecostal Irish? That would be something to see.

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Re: Changes in Ireland's religious demographics
« Reply #9 on: March 06, 2016, 10:24:36 PM »
The greatest, and largest empire the world have ever seen -An empire where the sun never set on the Union Jack- could not get the Irish to abandon their faith.  A little social engineering from higher education and the acceleration of globalization is far more successful and in much less time.  It's sad, but it will probably be reality for most free counties that have a particular religious identity.  I sort of theorized, based on personal observation, that as only a small percentage of people actually choose to be in their religion.  What I mean by this is that in times past, there really was only one option, even for American Catholics of various ethnicities.  In American cities, various Catholic ethnic groups lived in close proximity and started to accept intermarriages.  It became more normal and accepted which led to other groups intermarrying with Catholics which lead to new choices. There was less pressure to appease the local community because you could be apart of other communities outside your ethnic group.  You lively-hood and social circle didn't depend on "taking care of our own".  Fast forward to 2016 and cities are just starting to diversify completely, eliminating cultural boundaries.  People have access to a lot of information and ultimately only small percentage choose to keep the faith.  IMO, without God's intervention, It will continue to happen to every country that is free.  I count my blessings that God opened my eyes, so many others are not so blessed.