``This is the most orthodox Catholic community in the Western world, where more than 80 per cent attend Mass once a week.''
As reported in the Irish Times of 1 July 1994, the book Values and Social Change in Ireland quotes a figure of 59 per cent attending church once a week, rising to 61 for Catholics. These statistics are taken from the 1990 European Values Studies report. They do not indicate a sudden drop in church attendance but actually a slight rise on the 1981 report figures.
Whereas I agree with the thrust of your editorial, exaggerating how conservative the Irish people are does not help those of us who would like to see change.
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