Spain 'will not be a Catholic country in 20 years'

5th April 2006, Comments 1 comment

5 April 2006, MADRID — For the first time ever, a majority of young Spaniards said they did not consider themselves Catholics, according to a new survey.

5 April 2006

MADRID — For the first time ever, a majority of young Spaniards said they did not consider themselves Catholics, according to a new survey.

The survey, by the Fundacion Santa Maria, said many felt a mounting distrust of the Roman Catholic Church and growing disbelief in God, the Spanish daily El Pais reported.

The authors of the survey said its results indicate that within a generation Spain will no longer be a Catholic country, as the present generation's children will not be brought up as believers.

The survey polled Spaniards aged between 15 and 24.

It found that last year only 49 percent said they were were Catholics - either practising or non-practising.

In comparison, a previous survey, in 1996, found 77 percent of respondents said they would describe themselves as Catholics.

Part of the huge drop in support for the Church was put down to its failure to adapt to modern times, said sociologists.

Juan González Anleo, one of the authors of the report, said the Church's "unpopular" stance on issues such as the legalisation of gay marriage or abortion have alienated younger people.

The survey found the Catholic Church is the least trusted of any institution, including multi-national companies and NATO.

One in eight said it was excessively wealthy.

But 43 percent said they wanted a Church wedding, compared with 22 percent who would like a civil ceremony.

[Copyright Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news  

 


 

1 Comment To This Article

  • leticia posted:

    on 27th July 2009, 11:16:45 - Reply

    I am a 25 year old spanish lady and I am catholic and practise. I think there is truly a crisis in Spain regarding Church attendance. It is also true, that most of the families do a have a christian catholic tradition and they normally turn to God at some point in their lives. I do not think Spain will ever leave to be catholic, but of course there is a crisis that alsp affectes the rest of Europe.
    The new catholics are more seen in India, Soth America and Africa. Anyway, I think the Chuch has passed several difficult times through the centuries and has survived. This is thanks to God's grace and to our beloved Mother , the Virgin Mary.