Like the rest of the world, the Archdiocese of Toronto, Canada’s largest diocese, has witnessed a decrease in Catholic weddings — down 28 per cent from 2006 to 2016.
One alarming statistic from the Vatican’s statistical yearbook of the Church showed a 71-per-cent decline in Canada’s Catholic marriages from 1975 to 2008, more than double the decline of weddings in general.
Maybe 80 or 75 per cent of the Marriage prep couples already lived together, said Megan, and many were not practising Catholics, so the courses were largely geared towards those couples.
There has 60% percent increase from mid 70s to 2008 of so-called Catholic individuals in Ottawa (see graph below).
Ottawa Archdiocese does NOT keep wedding stats like Toronto. However, if we assume a 60% drop in Church weddings then we have a FOUR-FOLD (400%) decrease in per capita Church weddings among Catholics (1.6/0.4) . And 80% of those weddings have people who are co-habiting, do not attend mass regularly, etc!!
Meanwhile, there are 40,000 kids in the OCSB “Catholic” school system. How many of those children will you see at a regular Sunday Mass?? 1000 across the whole city?
In the future.. Where will we find priests? How many parishes will still be open? How will our children find practising Catholic spouses? Where will they find friends who go to Mass? Where will Catholic families meet other Catholic families?
Where will the Archdiocese be in 2028 or 2038??
PS: Many of the priests listed in the above chart are retired priests. eg. Oblates who have moved here from northern missions
Globally in 2016, there were 10.2 baptisms of children under the age of 7 for every 1,000 Catholics. The rate in the United States was 9.6, while in Canada it was 5.3.
The rates of child baptism were lower than they were 30 years ago. The Statistical Yearbook of the Church for 1986 said globally 18.9 children were baptized for every 1,000 Catholics. The rate in the U.S. was 17.6, and in the Middle East, it was 11.9.