June 23, 2008

In the lapse of the gods

Milwaukee's Catholics are abandoning the Mass in droves, reports the Journal-Sentinel's Tom Heinen, who covers the religion beat.

Only 24% of the Archdiocese's 680,000 registered Catholics performed the mandated series of deep knee bends and abracadabras last season, according to its Archstatistics.

The Quesosphere's in-house papal bullshitter Dad29 tries to gin the figure up to 30% but finds even that less than inspiring.

The question is, where are they going instead?

If it occurred to them that they can demonstrate to their neighbors the old "peace be with you" routine sans the medieval death cult rituals, then I say that's a step in the right direction, maybe even an inspiring one.

But if they're opting instead for one of the continually splintering Protestant rackets, as Archbaptist Al Mohler gleefully suggests, then, not much of an improvement.*

* That's a joke, as Al Mohler is a poor substitute for a Jesuit.


Dad29 said...


My intention was not to puff the numbers, but rather to offer reasonable speculation on the weasel-words of Topszewski by playing with the numbers a bit.

Summarily: low-end is 24+%, high end might be 30+%. Neither is inspiring.

Terrence Berres said...

I assume you intended no offense to Steve Miller, and probably meant to use the term Hocus Pocus.