In Philadelphia, ordinary Catholics keep the faith — despite the church’s failings

webRNS-Philly-Catholics2-120618Source: Religion News Service

By Mary Beth McCauley

PHILADELPHIA (RNS) — Catholics in this city and places like it have been through hell in recent decades.

The Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal, detailed in Philadelphia in grand jury reports in 2005 and again in 2011, rocked local Catholics – laity and clergy alike — to the core and left them wondering just how much they should continue to trust their beloved church.

About 1 in 5 registered Catholics (19 percent) in the archdiocese attended Mass weekly in 2017, down from 22 percent in 2013.

Still, well over 200,000 Catholics in the archdiocese do go to Mass each week.

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