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Mass Exodus: Catholic Disaffiliation in Britain and America since Vatican II

Stephen Bullivant


In 1962, Pope John XXIII opened the Second Vatican Council with the prophecy that ‘a new day is dawning on the Church, bathing her in radiant splendour’. Desiring ‘to impart an ever increasing vigour to the Christian life of the faithful’, the Council Fathers devoted particular attention to the laity, and set in motion a series of sweeping reforms. The most significant of these centred on refashioning the Church’s liturgy. Over fifty years on, however, the statistics speak for themselves—or seem to. In America, only 15% of cradle Catholics say that they attend Mass on a weekly basis; meanwhile ... More

Keywords: Catholic, Catholicism, lapsation, disaffiliation, disaffiliate, deconversion, deconvert, former Catholic, ex-Catholic, Vatican II

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198837947
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198837947.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Bullivant, author
Professor of Theology and the Sociology of Religion, St Mary's University, London; Director of the Benedict XVI Centre for Religion and Society