WHEN it comes to decision-making in the Church, the attention is usually focused on those who are regular Mass attenders.
All too frequently the 85 per cent of Catholics who do not attend Sunday Mass are virtually forgotten about.
Considering this large proportion of irregular Mass attenders, it makes enormous sense to find out why they have stopped their weekly habit.
When it is completed, the new study from the Pastoral Planning Office of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference into why so many Catholics stop attending Mass should be widely read and closely heeded in every parish and every diocese.
The bishops should be commended for commissioning this study.
As in any situation, unless we fully know the causes of a problem, we will never find the answers to reversing it.
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