January 23, 2005

Austrian Catholic Church declines

Times Dispatch

The Associated Press Jan 23, 2005

VIENNA, Austria -- Austrians are leaving the Roman Catholic Church in record numbers, according to statistics released last week.

Church officials attributed the 44,852 dropouts during 2004 to a scandal involving the discovery of child and other pornography on computers at a seminary in the diocese of St. Poelten, the Austria Press Agency reported.

The number is expected to rise further, because the St. Poelten Diocese has yet to report its 2004 statistics. The seminary where the pornography was found was shut down in August and a new bishop was installed in November.

Posted by kshaw at January 23, 2005 03:44 AM