‘They’re absent from Mass, but they haven’t left the church’

If the subject of Mass attendance intrigues you, you’ll probably be interested in this: The Diocese of Providence, R.I., which according to the Rhode Island Catholic has a committee beginning to study Mass attendance rates in the state, brought an Australian church official to town to discuss a study he recently completed on Mass attendance “down under.” The diocesan paper’s story on the visit noted both similarities and differences between the U.S. and the Australian experiences and found reasons to be optimistic despite the potentially bad news.

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