France's ‘brutal' loss of faith19 October 2012
France has suffered a brutal "dechristianisation" since the opening of the Second Vatican Council, but the Church is viewed more positively today, two comparative polls found.
The results of two identical opinion polls carried out more than 50 years apart were published in the French Catholic daily La Croix last week. The total of weekly and frequent Mass-goers has plummeted from 38 to 7 per cent since 1961 and 71 per cent of baptised Catholics under 35 years old shun church completely. One-third of those polled said they went occasionally.
But results for questions about how Catholics saw their Church were more encouraging. The number who said it helped them to practise their faith and defended morality was high and had hardly changed at over 80 per cent.
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