Monday, June 20, 2011

Faith of our Fathers

Last week the PP here quoted a statistic that about 30% of the children of Catholic parents end up practicing the Faith. He also said that this rises to something like 60-80% when the father of the family takes a leading role in passing on faith (prayer, catechesis etc. ). He said the research was commissioned in Switzerland.

Can anyone verify these stats?

Amazing if true.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't vouch for the stats, but I have heard it said that a father active in the church is far more likely to have children stay practising. From observation in our parish, it also seems that when mum and dad both attend regularly, the children are far more likely to be there past their early teens

8:10 PM  
Anonymous Caeciliana said...

I am Swiss.
I can't vouch for the stats either, but I got married last year and the priest who prepared us told us that if fathers don't practice when they grow older children (and especially boys) conclude that religion is something for women, infants and old people.

8:49 AM  
Blogger Left-footer said...

It could be something to do with modern liturgy, and the watered-down Brosselmans-style Catechesis, which have turned the children' teeth on edge and embarrassed their fathers away from Church.

I certainly found Masses in the UK embarrassing for the most part. Still went, though.

11:49 AM  
Blogger la mamma said...

Hi Paulinus,

My eldest is about to receive her first Communion this weekend (prayers please) and I'm discovering again the 'joys' of a mixed marriage (again, prayers plese)... White frocks, Paulinus, have a lot to answer for. Count your blessings there, Doctor!

If I might ask a third time for your prayers, It's for this: I've just had my fourth TAC chemo dose, so I won't be present for number one's FHC on Saturday.

incidentally, I've always assumed that you are Paulinus after Paulinus of York, but yesterday wondered if in fact you take your name from Paulinus of Nola?

8:38 AM  
Blogger Paulinus said...


I'm really sorry to hear that and our prayers are assured for you.

I'm glad I have boys. but remember we have kilts to complicate things in Scotland. Our boys weren't interested and wore smart trousers and a collar and tie.

The mixed marriage thing is a cross. I pray for Mrs P but sometimes fear she might convert. I fear she would be a better catholic (not difficult) as she's already a far better person.

3:56 AM  
Anonymous berenike said...

The priest preaching the mission in my parish earlier this year said something about a statistic he'd read - as I recall, it was something about if the mother of a family converts, the family converts in about (very low - ?13?) % of cases, if the father converts, the rest of the family does too in about (very high - 80?)% of cases. I assume it wasn't counting cases of "conversions" where everyone else HAS to convert if the father does, or else it wouldn't have been so striking.

1:01 AM  

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