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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Fascinating article about secularised Quebec

Neither practising nor believing, but Catholic even so

Church attendance, which stood at more than 90 per cent before 1960, didn't so much collapse as vaporize – at least among those born after 1945. “At a precise moment, during the year 1966 in fact, the churches suddenly emptied in a matter of months. A strange phenomenon that no one has ever been able to explain”

Something to do with the Vatican Council telling them that they were free, so they went perhaps? Not an intended effect but devastating none the less.
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