> From: Martin Burns at EasyWeb Design <[log in to unmask]>
> Mind you, Scotland and Wales haven't had a sizeable Catholic community
> since the Reformation - in the early C19th, there were several hundred
> Catholic organisations in Glasgow (I have no knowledge of any of them
> being violent) and fewer than a hundred actual Catholics. There are still
> 'reputable' charitable trusts whose objects are to distribute monies to
> needy people 'of the true Protestant faith' (sic).
Ummm, this isn't exactly accurate. Based on nominal affiliation with
churches the Catholic population is relatively small. However based on
adherence the Catholic population of Scotland is in fact greater than the
Church of Scotland, Free Kirk and the other Presbyterian churches (I don't
have a wall to put up all of them)...Based on the last major church survey
the actual percentages about 17% Catholic to 14% Presbyterian in actual
adherence...percentages are based on total population and these figures are
based on the national average...regions vary greatly. A good quick source
is Prospectus for Scotland 2000 by Peter Brierly and Fergus MacDonald,
though the same pattern can be determined from the individual
denomination's records, most of which are held at the Scottish Record
*Nominal determined by someone say "I am such and such" while adherence is
determined by who shows up to service.
The practicing Catholic population increased dramatically during the 70s
due to immigration and a revival movement that occurred within the
community during the same decade..........I knew all that time spent in the
SRO would help some time.