Are there no more Catholic towns?
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It all depends on what you mean by a "Catholic town" or a "Catholic city" or "Catholic neighborhood".

I would suggest that we have to define such a place less based on the percentage of Catholics and their attendance at Mass.

Instead I think you would need to look at the way the people in the town, city or neighborhood practice their Faith. That include Mass attendance and confession, but also reflects how the community is integrated, whether it is generally self-supportive and other such criteria.

St. Marys is the typical example, but in the town only slightly more than half of the people are actually Catholic. The majority of the "traditional" Catholics live outside the city limits, some quite a distance. The city has occasionally be run on Catholic principle, but that is not a fundamental element of the community or town itself. That's not to rag on St. Marys, but to point out that it is not the Catholic Mecca that people seem to want it to be. They have many of the same problems that people in a non-Catholic environment have. Some people there want to fix that, others don't.

If we define the standard more broadly, there may still be a few towns in some European nations, but generally speaking, I would argue that outside these few examples, none exist elsewhere, not because of a lack of a majority of Catholics, but a lack of the practice of true Charity and a recognition of the importance of a Catholic society beyond Mass attendance.
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Are there no more Catholic towns? - by actiofidei - 07-27-2009, 10:09 AM
Re: Are there no more Catholic towns? - by Melita - 07-27-2009, 10:13 AM
Re: Are there no more Catholic towns? - by Melita - 07-27-2009, 10:28 AM
Re: Are there no more Catholic towns? - by Credo - 07-27-2009, 11:06 AM
Re: Are there no more Catholic towns? - by glgas - 07-27-2009, 11:06 AM
Re: Are there no more Catholic towns? - by Credo - 07-27-2009, 11:17 AM
Re: Are there no more Catholic towns? - by Belloc - 07-27-2009, 11:49 AM
Re: Are there no more Catholic towns? - by Belloc - 07-27-2009, 11:51 AM
Re: Are there no more Catholic towns? - by Belloc - 07-27-2009, 11:52 AM
Re: Are there no more Catholic towns? - by Belloc - 07-27-2009, 11:53 AM
Re: Are there no more Catholic towns? - by glgas - 07-27-2009, 01:30 PM
Re: Are there no more Catholic towns? - by Tobri - 07-27-2009, 02:26 PM
Re: Are there no more Catholic towns? - by Melita - 07-27-2009, 02:31 PM
Re: Are there no more Catholic towns? - by MagisterMusicae - 07-27-2009, 03:42 PM
Re: Are there no more Catholic towns? - by Tobri - 07-27-2009, 03:43 PM



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