Sunday, August 18, 2013

Irish "Student Survey" Finds Very Few Believe in Transubstantiation

Folks, yet another depressing story! Let's try to remember that Ireland was one of the many countries whose bishops asked for Communion in the hand back in the70s.  They got it, and I believe kneeling Communion and Communion on the tongue have been eradicated.(This is only what I gather. I have only been thru Ireland a couple of times and those were air stopovers. Feel free to correct me if you live there and go to a Church where most people still receive on the tongue!) 

But, please [[[don't!!!]]] try to tell me there is no connection between posture and belief!!

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>;Shockingly” – to quote this report – while fewer than 60 percent of respondents considered themselves Catholic, ATHEISTS emerged as the second largest group  at 20 percent.
Abortion is an extremely sensitive and current topic, and the survey shows that 83.5 percent of the Irish students believe that abortion should be allowed in Ireland while 76.8 percent think that the Catholic Church has too much power in the country.
When asked “Do you attend communal religious ceremonies and functions?” the highest response was “no” at 61 percent, and those who responded “yes” mainly attend only 1-3 times a year.

While 61.5 percent of  the Catholic students who were asked if they take communion said “yes”, only 32.2 percent believe that it’s the body and blood of Christ.

When offered a number of choices for why students don’t follow a religion, the response to top the scale was that they “don’t believe in the teachings” (77.8 percent).
45.2 percent of students only follow a religion because of their parents influence, yet 40 percent of the students who took the survey wouldn’t want their children to follow the same religion they were brought up with. Only 13.7 percent follow a religion due to a strong faith.
According to the survey, students regard “looking good” (in 5th place) as being more important than “religious beliefs” (6th), with friends and family topping the list of importance.

(from http://freethinker.co.uk/2013/08/14/survey-finds-a-major-disconnect-between-irish-students-and-organised-religion/)
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 Here's another Irish story from 2010 about Communion in the Hand>>>>>>>


Massgoer in Eucharist Incident Restrained [Demands Communion in Hand]
Irish Times ^ | 9/16/10 | Tom Shiel
Posted on Friday, September 17, 2010 6:20:50 AM by marshmallow
A MASSGOER who objected to receiving the Eucharist on his tongue at a Latin Mass in Co Mayo had to be restrained when his protests led to a scuffle in the church. The incident at Knock Shrine was described by the Latin Mass Society of Ireland as "sad" and "disturbing". It occurred when a man approached the altar of the parish church and insisted he get communion in his hand rather than on the tongue. Fr Wulfran Lebocq, who was assisting on the altar, quietly told the communicant to take communion on his tongue. This is in accordance with the traditional Latin rite.

According to onlookers, the communicant told the priest: "You're in Ireland now".

Before being restrained, the communicant grabbed a host from the ciborium, and in the process the host fell on the floor.


 

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