Pew Study on Eastern Europe Shows Trends Among Orthodox, Catholics
Let's be honest, things were always like this. There were times when Europe was 100% (or close to it) Catholic. It didn't mean that everyone was very religious. Religious customs were built into the culture so everyone took part in their religion no matter how strong a believer they were.  Sure, everyone went to Mass every Sunday, but mainly because socially you had to. Everyone celebrated the big religious feasts because it was part of the culture. There were always nonbelievers, lukewarm, and fervent believers all who called themselves members of the Catholic Church. For the first two categories, their religion was more of a temporal part of their lives than a spiritual. The good thing at least, was that with religion being a central part of every day life, there was much more opportunity for conversion as well as the expectation of a more moral lifestyle. Even still, there's a reason why it seems that even in the heyday of the Christendom the saints always lamented at the lack of faith even among clergy. I don't think it's just higher standards, but that many people were more "culturally" religious rather than actually being religious and having a good strong spiritual life and love of God.

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Re: Pew Study on Eastern Europe Shows Trends Among Orthodox, Catholics - by GangGreen - 05-16-2017, 02:14 PM

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