The 2016 Irish census is being taken tonight and the papers, media presenters, etc… all are, no doubt, being pushed/paid to try to lower the percentage of people who state they are Catholic.
The last census taken in 2011 stated 84% were RC - which needless to say effects the government’s ease to introducing secular policies, e.g. taking religion out of schools, introducing abortion, etc…
This latest media drive is in keeping with the same sex marriage referendum press coverage, when everyone and their mother - all professing to be practicing Catholics - e.g. past Presidents, the Prime Minister etc, all stated they were voting YES.
Also 90% of the article printed then were in favour of a YES vote, as opposed to 10% NO.
Although some Catholics will not be practicing they will still strongly identify as being such, and will wish to have a Catholic funeral, wedding, to baptise their children in the Church, etc…Separate polling undertaken, showed that the greater majority of parents still wish the schools to be maintained under the CC.
No religion - just a sense of wonder
Miriam O’Callaghan will be ticking that box on the census but she’ll continue to marvel at the beauty of religion
There’s the eight-year-old who says he wasn’t making his Communion because he is “an atheist”. I tell him about my Italian friend, 10 times his age, who is an atheist and also a Communist. He keeps the local shrine to the Madonna, as did his father and grandfather, who he suspects, were ever only cultural Catholics. Today, he keeps the shrine out of tradition. As he sees it, she shares his property. She comforts people. They believe she protects them. Therefore, her protects her.
How will you answer the religion question on your Census 2016 form?
It’s surely not asking too much for people who don’t believe in God to admit as much
*Is it asking too much for people who don’t believe in God to admit as much? Do they feel that here is where they register their attitude to Pascal’s wager? “Aha. Harry Mangan has an individual septic tank and gas central heating,” God says, while peering over that citizen’s shoulder. “What’s this? ‘No religion’? He’s been keeping that a secret. No eternal bliss for him!”
If we are to believe the 2011 census, more or less everybody in the Republic is a Catholic; a staggering 84 per cent still ticked that box. A tiny 2.8 percent registered as Church of Ireland. Mrs Blennerhassett’s parrot brought the number of Methodists up to 0.15 per cent. And an admirable 6 per cent told the bloody truth and registered as “no religion”.*