Comments on: Is the pope’s fan club thinning? Religion, faith and ethics Sat, 23 Apr 2016 23:25:07 +0000 hourly 1 By: brian lee Tue, 23 Dec 2008 07:10:27 +0000 as a none catholic i am eternally grateful to the catholic church as they stood firm on the principles that has molded the church over the centuries.the only problem, which they are now addressing is the stain of the BOYS that were abused by priests who should not been allowed to enter the ministry, when they realized that a conventional married life was never going to be a reality so the priesthood was perhaps the best option.

By: rollo1 Thu, 18 Dec 2008 21:34:24 +0000 A few ideas :

1) Maybe the economic crisis played too.

2) The online media are outpacing print media, allowing viewers to get ”closer” to the pope.

3) I e-mailed him 3 times this year, I didn’t feel like I needed to see him. He is still very receptive to messages, and speaks of public affairs.

4) The entire concept of ”Church” and ”religion” is becoming less and less ”territorial” and more focused on various gatherings, not necessarily in Rome.

5) If people get to know their local bishop, archbishop or priest, they may feel less need to travel to Rome and make therefore their religion more ”local”.