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Catholics are to become the largest church-going community in Scotland
April 21st, 2017 | 0 COMMENTS
Census shows number of Christians attending services in Scotland is falling, but Catholic drop is smaller than other churches
The Catholic Church is set to become the largest active church in Scotland—but new figures show Christianity on the retreat across the country. Figures from the 2016 Scottish Church Census, compiled from results submitted by hundreds of churches, show that the Catholic Church and Church of Scotland both make up 35 per cent of the church going population—but the Catholic share is expanding. Across the country the number of Christians attending church every Sunday has halved in the past three decades. The report found 135,600 weekly Catholic Mass attenders compared to 136,910 attending Church of Scotland services. The report found a total of 389,510 weekly attenders of Christian Churches. Peter Brierley, who compiled the study, said he expected the Catholic Church to have the most Sunday Mass-goers if trends continue. “The Catholic Mass attending population has dropped,” he said. “If you look at Glasgow it was 48,000 in 2002; it’s now 38,570, but not... continue reading.