Church and Religiosity Decline. The Pope’s Visit – The National Secular Society feels any boost in numbers will be short lived. It estimates there will only be 101,700 Catholics attending church annually by 2050, compared to the current total of about one million.
Figures gathered by the National Centre for Social Research show that membership of most religions is lower now than it was 30 years ago, with a marked decline appearing among people who say they belong to the Church of England from 40 to 20%.
By comparison, the numbers of those claiming to be Catholic has remained fairly stable, dropping only 1% from 10 to 9% since 1983.
The number of people of all faiths attending church services appears to be at a low ebb, with 58% of those polled saying they never attend services. But attendance does peak at Christmas. According to Church of England statistics, 35% of the population attend a Christmas service of some sort, rising to 42% in London.
"Amber Fox is 18, with impressive A-level results, but is on the verge of signing on. Just three weeks ago she received her results: 3 A-stars and one grade A." http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-11247863
Aggressive Atheism http://richarddawkins.net/videos/4682-aggressive-atheism
A speech in which the Pope appeared to associate atheism with the Nazis has prompted criticism from humanist organisations. However, the Catholic Church has moved to play down the controversy, saying the Pope knew "rather well what the Nazi ideology is about". Humanists have said the comments were a "terrible libel" against non-believers. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11332515 This is such very boring and typical behaviour of some religious leaders, with their inherent despicable appalling hatred, and with their own brand of ghastly medievalism; a crass form of bigotry that can cause millions of deaths and set any human progress back centuries. Our government leaders and the Royalty have made us pay, in a time of the professed austerity packages, for some of this horrible, ancient, and divisive tribalism. Marginalisation (loss of established privileges, which are those that are above other ordinary people: ref, House of Lords Reform), quite rightly, should lead to some balance – they will fight this, but as we all know, our freedom always comes at a price.
"Thousands have marched in London to protest against the Pope’s visit." http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11355258