|Political map of Ireland. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
As often seems to be the case, the manner in which Church officials responded to the news made it worse. These scandals and the response to them, appear to have done exactly what one would think they should: drive growing numbers of Irish away from the church.
According to the Religion News Service, non-religious funerals have become popular in Ireland after one too many Catholic abuse scandals.
Although many observers have noted the impact of secularization and child abuse scandals on church membership and finances, only now are the Irish seeing the cultural and socioeconomic reverberations. These include a class of people willing to observe life’s most significant milestones outside the church.