Crisis? What Crisis?

Official Statistics from the Catholic Church in England & Wales



The Shocking Facts Illustrating the Decline of the Church
since the Second Vatican Council

1944 1954 1964 1974 1984 1996
Catholic Population 2,372,074 2,939,900 3,827,000 4,162,942 4,220,262 4,134,000

1944 1954 1964 1974 1984 1996
Mass Attendance No figure 1,886,600
(1959)
2,114,219
(1966)
1,752,730 1,512,553 1,111,077

1944 1954 1964 1974 1984 1996
Baptisms 71,604 92,380 137,673 80,587 71,698 67,412

1944 1954 1964 1974 1984 1996
Conversions 8,722 11,920 12,348 5,253 5,146 5,180

1944 1954 1964 1974 1984 1996
Marriages 30,946 37,921 45,592 36,566 28,061 15,522

1944 1954 1964 1974 1984 1996
Priests 6,030 6,800 7,714 7,453 6,816 5,712

1944 1954 1964 1974 1984 1996
Ordinations 178 219 230 146 92 72
(1994)

1944 1954 1964 1974 1984 1996
First Communions No figure No figure 90,776
(1969)
87,592 53,873 No figure

1944 1954 1964 1974 1984 1996
Confirmations No figure No figure 89,984 69,884 47,084 No figure




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