PUBLISHED NEWMAN DEMOGRAPHIC SURVEY, PASTORAL RESEARCH CENTRE & RELATED BOOKS, REPORTS & PAPERS

PUBLISHED NEWMAN DEMOGRAPHIC SURVEY, PASTORAL RESEARCH

CENTRE & RELATED BOOKS, REPORTS & PAPERS

NOTES

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NEWMAN DEMOGRAPHIC SURVEY. PUBLISHED REPORTS & PAPERS

Archer, John F. (Foreword by A.E.C.W. Spencer). Age & sex distribution of

Catholics in England & Wales, mid-1952. A first approximation. 1954/2005. A4, pp.4,

ISBN 1-905270-17-8 75p.+P&P.

Brooke, Eileen (Ed.) Statistics of secular and regular clergy and priestly vocations,

1870-1957. 1958/2005. Foolscap, pp.12+ii, mimeo. ISBN 1-905270-03-8. £2-50+P&P.

Chapple, Michael, and A.E.C.W. Spencer (eds.) Report to the Catholic clergy of England &

Wales on the parish register returns for 1958. 1960/2005. A4, pp.2, facsimile.

ISBN 1-905270-27-5. £0-50p.+P&P

Hickey, John. The Irish rural immigrant and British urban society. 1960.2005. Quarto, pp.59+v,

mimeo. ISBN 1-905270-04-6. £5-00+P&P.

Morris, H. Graham (Ed.) Teachers in Catholic schools in England & Wales, January, 1962. An

analysis by diocese, status and type of school, and the sex, religious status and

educational status of teachers. 1963/2005. A4, pp. i+19, facsimile.ISBN 1-905270-24-0.

£3.00.

Morris, H.Graham, and Anthony E.C.W. Spencer (Eds.) Pupil enrolment statistics of

Catholic schools in England and Wales, January, 1960. Supplementary tables:

I Boarders, II Educationally sub-normal pupils. A4, pp.15, facsimile.

ISBN 1-905270-21-6. £ 3.00+P&P.

Morris, H. Graham, and Anthony E.C.W. Spencer (Eds). Digest of statistics of Catholic schools

in England & Wales, 1961. Schools, pupils and teachers, by diocese & local education

authority. 1961/2009. A4, pp. vii+61. ISBN 978-1-905270-45-3 £11.30+P&P.

Nevin, Edward T. (Ed.) Report on the social census of the parish of Aberystwyth, 1955.

1955/2005. Quarto, on A4, pp.9, mimeo. ISBN 1-905270-05-4 £1-00+P&P.

Parkin, Barbara (Ed.) Converts to Catholicism. An analysis by age and sex of

applications to the Chancery office of the Archdiocese of Westminster,

1917-1953, for a licence to reconcile a convert. 1955/2005. A4, facsimile, pp. ii+37.

ISBN 1-905270-22-4. £6.50+P&P.

St Rose-Haynes, Joan. Maintained school place requirements of the Catholic community in the

administrative county of Hertfordshire, 1964-1970. 1964/2005. A4, pp.iii+42 (10 charts),

facsimile. ISBN 1-905270-26-7. £7.50+P&P.

Spencer, A.E.C.W. (ed.) Report to the parish clergy of England & Wales on the parish register

returns for 1959. 1961/2005. A4, pp.3, facsimile. ISBN 1-905270-28-3. £0-75p+P&P.

Spencer, A.E.C.W. (ed.) Report to the parish clergy of England & Wales on the parish register

returns for 1960. A4, pp.8, part facsimile. ISBN 1-905270-29-1

Spencer, A.E.C.W. Supply & demand of teachers for Catholic maintained schools, 1965.

Preliminary report to the Catholic Education Council. 1955/2005. A4, pp.iv+8,

facsimile. ISBN 1-905270-13-5. £2-00+P&P.

Spencer, A.E.C.W. (Ed). Notes on statistics of the dioceses of England & Wales. A study

for the International Conference on the Formative Power of the Church in the new

Europe, Munich, 1960. 1960/2005. Foolscap, pp.7, mimeo. ISBN 1-905270-10-0

£1-75+P&P.

Spencer, A.E.C.W. (Ed). The Catholic population of England, Wales, Channel Isles and

the Isle of Man, 1961. Selected pastoral statistics, according to Local Education

Authority and Diocese. An Interim Review. 1963/2005. A4, pp.i+9, facsimile.

ISBN 1-905270-12-7 £2.00+P&P.

Spencer, A.E.C.W. (Ed) Estimates of the number of Catholics under the age of 15 in

England and Wales on 1st January, 1955, by age and sex. 1955/2005. Foolscap, pp.13,

mimeo. ISBN 1-905270-11-9. £2.50+P&P.

Spencer, A.E.C.W. The selection of a date for the annual count of Mass attendance.

Report prepared for the Hierarchy of England & Wales,1961. Foolscap, pp.7, mimeo.

ISBN 1-905270-07-0. £2.20+P&P. 1961/2005.

Spencer, A.E.C.W. (Ed.) The balance of training in the Catholic teacher training colleges

during the 1960s. A report prepared for the Catholic Education Council and the

Committee of Principals of Catholic Teacher Training Colleges. Foolscap, pp.7,

mimeo. ISBN 1-905270-20-8. £1.75+P&P.

Spencer, A.E.C.W. (ed.) Catholics in the universities of England & Wales, 1960/1. An interim

report on the Catholic Student Index Scheme. 1962/2005. ISBN 1-905270-18-6.

£3-00+P&P.

Spencer, A.E.C.W. (Ed) An annotated bibliography of Newman Demographic Survey

reports and papers, 1954-1964. 1963/2006. A4, pp.ii+19. ISBN 1-905270-30-5

£3.50+P&P.

Spencer, A.E.C.W. The 1955 Census of Catholic schools in England & Wales. Introduction to

the series. 2011. A4. pp.13. ISBN 978-1-905270-58-3. £2.90+ P&P.

Spencer, A.E.C.W. (Ed.) The 1955 Census of Catholic schools in England & Wales. Diocese of

Brentwood. 2011. A4. pp.20. ISBN 978-1-905270-60-6. £6.40 +P&P. (Price includes

Introduction to the series.)

Spencer, A.E.C.W. (Ed.) The 1955 Census of Catholic schools in England & Wales. Diocese of

Menevia. 2011. A4. pp.19. ISBN 978-1-905270-62-0 (3rd edn.) £6.10 +P&P. (Price

includes Introduction to the series.)

Spencer, A.E.C.W. The 1955 Census of Catholic schools in England & Wales. Archdiocese of

Cardiff. 2011. A4. pp20. ISBN 978-1-905270-54-5. £6.70 +P&P. Price includes

Introduction to the series.)

Spencer, A.E.C.W. The 1955 Census of Catholic schools in England & Wales. Diocese of

Clifton. 2010. A4. pp.19. ISBN 978-1-905270-65-1.£8.20+P&P (Incl. Introduction to

series).

Spencer, A.E.C.W. The suppression of a research report. Another long slow failure. Reflections

on a very secret disaster. 2008/2012. A4. pp.3 ISBN 978-1-905270-66-8. FREE

Spencer, A.E.C.W. and Juanita Byrne-Quinn (Eds.) Projected teacher deficiency of Catholic

Maintained and assisted schools, January, 1958-1970. A report prepared for the Catholic

Education Council.1958/2006.A4. pp.ii+45, facsimile. ISBN 1-905270-14-3

£7.50+P&P.

Spencer, Anthony (ed.) and Mary Daly (ed.) Arrangements for the integration of Irish

immigrants in England & Wales. Pp.xviii + 137. Hardback ISBN 978-1-906865-11-5.

Dublin: Irish Manuscripts Commission. €35.00. See Related Books.

Woolgar, Daniel (Ed.) Census of Catholic clergy and religious, May, 1961. A preliminary report.

1962/2005. A4, pp.ii+6, facsimile. ISBN 1-905270-23-2. £1.00+P&P.

Woolgar, Daniel (Ed). Census of Catholic Clergy and Religious, England & Wales, 1961.

General Tables. Vol. I. Secular Clergy. 1963/2005. A4, pp.xix+23, facsimile.

ISBN 1-905270-08-9. £7-00+P&P.

Woolgar, Daniel, and A.E.C.W Spencer (eds.) Census of the Catholic parish of Liverpool

St Timothy, 1961. 1961/2008. A4, pp.ii+18. ISBN 978-1-905270-42-2. £5.40+P&P.

PASTORAL RESEARCH CENTRE. PUBLISHED REPORTS & PAPERS

Spencer, A.E.C.W. A critical appraisal of the structure of Catholic education in England

& Wales. (Facsimile edition of a paper read at a Newman Association conference,

October, 1963, with a Personal Postcript added in 2005.) 1963/2005. A4, pp.38+ii. ISBN

0-901707-09-0. £7-00 + P&P.

Spencer, A.E.C.W. The estimation and projection of Catholic population in an area of diaspora

or mixed religion. A paper read at the Annual Conference of the Institute of Statisticians,

Oxford, 1964. 1964/2005. A4, pp. 12. ISBN 0-901707-03-1. £2-50+P&P.

Spencer, A.E.C.W. Report on the parish register statistics of the Catholic Church in Scotland,

1966. 1967. 22.1x14.6cm, pp.23+2 maps. ISBN 0-901707-00-7. £3-00+P&P.

Spencer, A.E.C.W. (Ed.) Christian Teacher Training Institutions. Register of Christian

Church-related teacher training institutions in Africa, Asia & Latin America,

1964-5. 1968. (In English, French & Spanish). A re-issue of a report published in 1968

by Burns & Oates and Herder and Herder. A4, pp.116+xl. ISBN 0-901707-05-8.

£10-00 + P&P.

Spencer, A.E.C.W. Report on the parish register, religious practice & population statistics of

the Catholic Church in Scotland, 1967. 1969. 22.1x14.6cm, pp.45+map.

ISBN 0-901707-01-5. £6-00+P&P.

Spencer, A.E.C.W. The future of the episcopal and papal roles. 1970. (Re-print of a paper

published in IDOC International North American edition, 9 May, 1970.) A4, pp.8.

ISBN 0-901707-02-3. £1-50+P&P. Free

Spencer, A.E.C.W. The organization of Catholic education in New Zealand. An Interim Report.

I972/2005. (A facsimile edition of the Interim Report of 1972, with new Personal

Postscript by the author and Foreword by John J. Small). Pp.554+ xvi.

Library edition (buckram) ISBN 1-905270-00-3. £64-50+P&P.

Laminated board (with plastic spiral binding) ISBN 1-905270-02-X.£40-00+P&P.

Paperback (open-flat, thermo-binding) ISBN 1-905270-01-1. £37-50+P&P

Spencer, A.E.C.W. From crisis of growth to rapid decline. Demographic change within the

Catholic community of England & Wales, 1958-1973. 2005. A4, pp.14.

ISBN 0-901707-07-4 £2-50+P&P.

Spencer, A.E.C.W. Alienation re-visited. The demography of Catholicism in England & Wales,

1958-1977. (Paper read at a conference of the British Sociological Association’s

Sociology of Religion Study Group, at the University of Surrey, 1979). 1979.2005. A4,

pp.13+6. ISBN 0-901707-07-4 £3.00+P&P.

Spencer, A.E.C.W. (Ed.) Pastoral and population statistics of the Catholic community in

England & Wales, 1958-2002. A report to parishes. 2004. A4, pp8. ISBN 0-901707-06-6.

£1-00+P&P. Free

Spencer, A.E.C.W. The development of integrated education in Belfast: a planning study for

1984-9. 1984/2005. A4, pp. ii+67+xxiv+4 maps. ISBN 1-905270-14-3. £15.00+P&P.

Spencer, A.E.C.W. Second Spring. The demography of the Catholic community of England

and Wales, 1850-1865: marriages, baptisms, converts and Catholic population. 2005.

A4, pp.ii+13. ISBN 0-901707-04-X. £2.50+P&P.

Spencer, A.E.C.W. (Ed). Pastoral and demographic statistics of the Catholic Church in England

& Wales, 1963-1991. 2006. Facsimile, A4, pp.ix+259. ISBN 1-905270-16-X.

£25.00+P&P.

Spencer, A.E.C.W. Facts and figures for the 21st century. An assessment of the statistics of the

Catholic community in England & Wales. 2006. A4, pp.ii+55.

ISBN-13 978-1-905270-32-3 £10.00+P&P.

Spencer, A.E.C.W. Digest of statistics of the Catholic community of England & Wales,

1958-2005. Vol. I: Population and vital statistics, pastoral services, evangelization and

education. 2007. A4, pp.iv+180. ISBN-13-978-1-905270-37-8 £58.00+P&P (Library

edition, buckram) 905270-38-5 (paperback) 905270-39-2 (plastic comb) 905270-40-8

(wire). All £18.00+P&P.

Spencer, A.E.C.W. (ed.) Services for Catholic Migrants, 1939-2008. Background data from the

archives and databank of the Newman Demographic Survey and the Pastoral Research

Centre. 2008. A4, pp.i+35. ISBN 978-1-905270-41-5 £3.40+P&P

Spencer, Anthony E.C.W. The publication of ecclesiastical statistics. 1964/2008. Facsimile, A4,

pp.iv+11. ISBN 978-1-905270-43-9. £3.20+P&P.

Spencer, Anthony, E.C.W. The organization of statistical, information and documentation

services within the Church. 1964/2008.Facsimile, A4, pp. v+12.

ISBN 978-1-905270-45-6. £3.50+P&P

Spencer, Anthony E.C.W. The age structure of the Catholic population of England & Wales,

1947-1980. Estimates made using the Archer-Dean-Cox crude cohort method. 2009.

A4, pp. i+18. ISBN 978-1-905270-49-1 £4.00+P&P.

Spencer, Anthony E.C.W. (ed.). Census of the Catholic parish of Barking St Mary & St

Ethelburga, 1965. 1965/2009 A4, pp. xii+12. ISBN 978-1-905270-48-4 . £4.20+P&P.

Spencer, A.E.C.W. (Ed.) Bibliography of Christian Church directories and Year Books, Great

Britain and Ireland (with Pastoral Research Centre holdings). 2009. A4. pp. 4+9.

ISBN 978-1-905270-50-7. £4.20 +P&P.

Spencer, A.E.C.W. Secrecy in the Catholic Church. The case of Catholic school statistics in

England & Wales. 2010. A4. pp. 14+xiii. ISBN 878-1-905270-52-1. £4.20 +P&P. Free

Spencer, A.E.C.W. (Ed.) Reconstruction of the 2009 Census of Catholic schools in England &

Wales. Introduction to the series. 2011. A4. pp. 37. ISBN 978-1-905270-55-2. £5.80

+P&P.

Spencer, A.E.C.W. (Ed.) The 2009 Census of Catholic schools in England & Wales. A

Reconstruction of some of the 2009 school census statistics of the Diocese of Brentwood.

2011. A4. pp.23. ISBN 978-1-905270-57-6. £9.40 +P&P. (Price includes Introduction to

the series.).

Spencer, A.E.C.W. (Ed.) The 2009 Census of Catholic schools in England & Wales. A

Reconstruction of some of the 2009 school census statistics of the Diocese of Menevia.

2011. A4. pp.23. ISBN 978-1-905270-56-9. £9.20 +P&P. (Price includes Introduction to

the series.)

Spencer, A.E.C.W. (Ed.) The 2009 Census of Catholic schools in England & Wales. A

Reconstruction of some of the 2009 school census statistics of the Diocese of Wrexham.

2011. A4. pp.21. ISBN 978-1-905270-59-0. £9.50 +P&P. (Price includes Introduction to

the series.)

Spencer, A.E.C.W. Re-inventing the statistical wheel. Recommendations on the rationalisation of

The pastoral & population statistics system of the Catholic Church in England & Wales.

2003/2013. A4. pp.15. ISBN 978-1-905270-70-5. £4.80+P&P.

Spencer, A.E.C.W. Gains & losses over 45 years. A review of the natural increase of the

Catholic population of England & Wales, and implicit gains & losses, as reported by the

parish clergy to their bishops, 1958-2002. 2003/2013. A4. pp.16.

ISBN 978-1-905270-68-2. £5.00+P&P.

Spencer, A.E.C.W. Broken faith: the demography of a Church tearing itself apart.

2004/2013. A4.pp.4 ISBN 978-1-905 270-69-9. £1.70+P&P.

Spencer, A.E.C.W. Catholic directories worldwide and the Catholic Directory of England &

Wales, 2013. 2013. A4. pp.iii+12. ISBN 978-1-905270-67-4. £5.00+P&P.

Spencer, A.E.C.W. Demographic and sociographic statistics of the English Province of the

Society of the Holy Child Jesus, 1961-1968. 1968/2013. A4. pp.18

ISBN 978-1-905270-67-5.£3.30+P&P.

Spencer, A.E.C.W. Pastoral policy and planning for the twenty-first century. A report for the

Diocese of Clifton. 2007/2015. A4. pp.ii+27. ISBN 978-1-905270-72-9. Free

RELATED BOOKS, REPORTS & PAPERS

Spencer, Anthony E.C.W. Crisis, Co-habitation, Contraception & Divorce. Five sets of

Proposals for the two synods. 2014. A5. pp.149. ISBN 978-1-905270-73-6 £6.00 +P&P

Spencer, A.E.C.W. (ed. Mary E. Daly). Arrangements for the Integration of Irish Immigrants in

England and Wales. 1960/2012. Hardback, 25x16cm. Pp. xviii+137.

ISBN 978-1-906865-11-5. Dublin: Irish Manuscripts Commission. €35. Amazon

Spencer, A.E.C.W. The Future of Catholic Education in England & Wales. 1971. Catholic

Renewal Movement. Paperback. 16.4x12 cm. Pp. 52.

Spencer, A.E.C.W. Ballymurphy. A Tale of Two Surveys. 1973. A4. Pp.150. Queen’s University

of Belfast. Dept of Social Studies. Paperback.

Spencer, A.E.C.W. and P.A. Dwyer (Eds.) Sociological Association of Ireland. Cumann

Socheolaiochta na hEireann. Proceedings of Second Annual Conference, Dublin, April,

1975. 1976. A4. Pp.137. Queen’s University of Belfast. Dept. of Social Studies.

ISBN 0-8539-098-6 (Paperback).

Spencer, A.E.C.W., R.J. Cormack, L. O’Dowd and H. Tovey (Eds.) Sociological Association of

Ireland. Cumann Socheolaiochta na hEireann. Proceedings of the Third Annual

Conference, Dublin, 1976. 1977. A4. Pp. 50. Queen’s University of Belfast. Dept of

Social Studies. ISBN 0-85389-123-0 Paperback.

Spencer, A.E.C.W. (Ed.) Dependency: Social, Political, Cultural. Sociological Association of

Ireland. Cumann Socheolaiochta na hEireann. Proceedings of the Fifth Annual

Conference, Cork, April, 1978, and Transactions, 1977-8. 1979. A4. Pp. 131.

Queen’s University of Belfast. Dept of Social Studies. ISSN 0143-9049,

ISBN 0-85389-149-4 Paperback.

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AN ASSESSMENT OF THE CATHOLIC STATISTICS IN THE 2014 EDITION OF THE CATHOLIC DIRECTORY. PART II. MASS ATTENDANCE, BAPTISMS, MARRIAGES & RECEPTIONS (second table, page 897)

 

In our last blog, we gave our assessment of the Catholic population figures published by the Catholic Directory, along with a comparisonof those reported by dioceses to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference and those published in their own diocesan directories.

            In this second part of the assessment we start with our conclusions, and then consider the evidence – the Catholic Directory’s statistics of Mass attendance, baptisms, marriages and receptions, diocese by diocese, and compare them with the figures they sent to the Secretariat of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales, and those they published in their own diocesan directories for 2014.

 

Conclusions

            Our first remark must be a welcome to the re-instatement of statistical tables that the CD started publishing in its 1913 edition. For the overwhelming majority of the Catholic community, laity and priests alike, for the media, academia, central and local Government, and voluntary bodies, there is no regular national source of statistical data about the Catholic community in England & Wales. Other Episcopal Conferences across the world – Germany, Korea, Netherlands, the USA, and many more - publish excellent comprehensive statistics, demographic as well as pastoral, that have been prepared professionally and are used extensively in the study of the evangelistic activity of the People of God and the institutional church. The Catholic Bishops Conference has never done so. And – given the unreliability and highly variable quality of the statistics reported annually by dioceses to the CBC – it would be wise to refrain from publishing the annual CBC summary until effective action has been taken to improve the quality of almost all the statistics sent by dioceses to the CBC.

Once the CBC’s annual collation of the diocesan figures begins to deserve respect as a

truthful account of the evangelistic activityof the Church, the specific problem of the publication of very restricted data in the Catholic Directory can be addressed. This can be done very simply by preparing and publishing provisional figures in one edition of the CD, and revised figures in the following edition. Many years ago the CD did in fact publish two pairs of tables, one with the latest figures, and the other with the previous year’s. But it was quite pointless as the previous year’s figures were never revised: they were exactly the same as those already published.

 In April, 2013, the PRC offered to prepare for the editor a table of provisional 2012 figures for publication in the 2014 edition of the CD. Nineteen dioceses sent their detailed statistics to the CBC Secretariat in good time, but three did not. On 15 September we advised the editor that the table of provisional 2012 statistics was almost ready, sent her the incomplete table and asked what the deadline now was. The same day she replied that “we are actually at the deadline for submissions. The [CD] goes to print no later than 15 October, by which time all the proof-reading has to be finished.” The following day the CBC Secretariat sent the PRC the last three sets of figures. These took a little time to assess. The table of provisional figures was completed, but having missed the publisher’s deadline the table was put aside until, one by one, the 2014 diocesan yearbooks were published and the 2012 figures were revised, as set out in the  Table 1. 2011 & 2012. RC Pastoral & Population Statistics (6th Draft)

It took three months, from 15 October to mid-January, for the publishers to print and bind the 2014 edition. Yet in that time they seem to have had second thoughts about omitting a statistics table, and decided to do the DIY version that has been assessed above. It reveals all the amateurish incompetence that Zbyszewski complained of 66 years ago.

Further reflections

            After sixty years working on the pastoral and demographic statistics of the Catholic community of England & Wales, I am struck by the narrow focus of the pastoral statistics form prescribed by the CBC. The Jesus of the Gospels emphasised the two Great  Commandments. The focus of the form that every PP has to complete each year for his bishop is almost exclusively on the First Great Commandment. As members of the Church’s clericalised elite, priests and bishops are preoccupied with ‘churchy’ things: sacraments, liturgy, ritual, churches and their decoration and maintenance. The laity are not. Most of them are focused on the Second Great Commandment, trying to love their neighbours – their nuclear and extended families, the people next door, those they work with, meet in the street, or when travelling, shopping, or on recreation.

The pastoral statistics form somehow overlooks the Second Great Commandment. Much public attention was give to the Archbishop of Westminster’s account of what his priests told him about poverty in their parishes; and the media immediately focused, not on asking what Catholic parishes were doing about it, but on the network of foodbanks set up by the Thrussell Trust. Might it not be illuminating if the CBC were to ask PPs to report on whether their churches are collection points for foodbanks, and for the clothing collections of the Salvation Army? And how much does each parish collect for CAFOD, for the SVP and local charities? How many parishioners do regular voluntary work in the community? How many provide caring services for the elderly and the disabled, crèches for toddlers, and babysitting services? How many are hospital visitors, or visit those who are housebound? How many provide foster care for children and young people? Asking the right questions, and dealing with the answers, requires professional skills. In the 1950s the Newman Demographic Survey had no difficulty at all in gathering together large numbers of volunteers who had these skills. The CBC manifestly cannot and does not. Might the Newman Association consider creating another NDS for the 21st century?                                

Estimated weekly Mass attendance                                                            

            This is mis-described. It is supposedly the average of the (counted) attendance at all Masses in churches and chapels of the parish over the first four weekends of October. In fact, not all dioceses take the count on all four Sundays, and one or two don’t take the count/s in October. But at least all 22 dioceses supplied a figure to the CD, so that its national totals can be computed - 848,960, remarkably close to the total of the revised PRC rounded estimates, 849,300. But the devil is in the detail.

            Just why PPs are required to report attendance over four weekends in the same month has always been a mystery. Four counts at different seasons of the year would be very illuminating, but the CBC is not interested. In the Netherlands three counts a year are taken, including Easter and Christmas and they throw a very different light on the pastoral situation.

 

Birmingham (73,000)

            The figure reported to the CBC was 67,566, which the PRC accepted. No figure was published in the Birmingham DD for 2014. The 73,000 could include late returns or estimates, but its rounded character raises questions.

 

Clifton (29,026)

            The same figure was reported to the CBC, and published in the Clifton DD. But Mass attendances for seven parishes were missing. The PRC’s addition of estimates for these raised the total to 30,708.

 

 

Hexham & Newcastle (38,831)

            The diocese had reported 36,730 to the CBC, and published a total of 37,239 in its Calendar for 2014. One parish return was missing in the Calendar list. The PRC estimate for that resulted in a revised estimate of 37,389. We can offer no explanation for the CD’s 38,831.

 

Portsmouth (31,644)

            The diocese reported 33,474 to the CBC, which the PRC accepted.

 

Southwark (89,139)

            The same figure was sent to the CBC. But the Southwark DD reported 92,105, which the PRC accepted.

 

Baptisms (up to 7 years)

            The CBC collects figures for three age groups: under one, 1-7 and 7 & over (which includes all adult baptisms). The revised PRC summary table gives the totals for the three age-groups combined, but the CD data is for 0-7 only.

            One diocese failed to report its 0-7 total to the CD, but if the revised PRC estimate is included in its place the CD total becomes 62,669. The revised PRC total for 0-7s is quite close, 62,184, but there are significant differences for six dioceses.

 

Westminster (8,319)

            The figure sent to the CBC was 9,062, but the diocesan YB recorded 10,113 baptisms, which the PRC accepted as the all-ages total. Within this the PRC estimated that 9,350 were age 0-7 years. We cannot explain the discrepancies.

 

Brentwood (3,564)

The same figure was published in the Brentwood DD. The diocese reported 3,180 to the CBC, which the PRC accepted. The discrepancy is due to the mis-inclusion of baptisms of those age seven & over in both the CD and the DD figures.

 

Leeds (2,880)

            The same figures was published in the Leeds DD. The figure reported to the CBC was 2,673. The discrepancy is, again, due to the mis-inclusion of the seven & overs.

 

Nottingham (2,179)

            The same figure was published in the diocesan YB, but again the figures mis- include the baptisms of persons age seven & over. The PRC accepted the CBC figure of 1,877.

 

Plymouth (1,300)

            The Plymouth YB had published the same figure, in its 2013 edition, for the previous year, 2011, rejected by the PRC in favour of the figure sent by the diocese for 2011. The figure published in the YB for 2014, 871, is very close to that sent to the CBC for 2012, 869, which the PRC accepted. We can offer no explanation for the massively inflated 1,300 in the 2013 YB, nor for its reappearance in the CD for 2014.

 

Portsmouth (2,536)

            No 2012 figure is reported in the 2014 DD. The 0-7 total reported by the diocese to the CBC was 2,309, which the PRC accepted. Most of the discrepancy is due to the mis-inclusion of the 7 & over baptisms.

Marriages

            These figures have been distorted in recent years by the collection of figures for marriages prepared in England & Wales but celebrated overseas. Some dioceses have included these in their DD/YB totals and/or figures sent to the CD.

            All 22 dioceses sent a marriages figure to the CD for 2014. The total of marriages there is 9,775. The revised PRC total is very close, 9,874. But, as ever, there are considerable differences between the individual diocesan figures now published in the CD and the revised figures of the PRC.

 

Birmingham (973)

            The Birmingham DD published the same figure. The diocese reported 952 to the CBC. The PRC accepted the DD figure as probably including returns missing when the dioceses sent its summary to the CBC.

 

Clifton (74)

            The diocese reported 373 to the CBC, which the PRC accepted. We can offer no explanation for the huge difference.

 

Hallam (152)

            The diocese reported 140 to the CBC, which the PRC accepted. The difference is due to the inclusion of the twelve ‘marriages prepared in the parish but where the marriage itself takes place overseas’.

 

Leeds (546)

            The PRC accepted the figure sent to the CBC, 400. The 146 difference is again due to the inclusion of overseas marriages prepared in the diocese.

 

Middlesbrough (244)

            The PRC accepted the figure sent to the CBC, 221. The extra 23 were, again, marriages prepared in the diocese that took place overseas.

 

Plymouth (233)

The Plymouth YB gave a total of 254. The PRC accepted the total of 198 sent to the CBC. The difference seems to be due to the inclusion of some of the overseas marriages.

 

Wrexham (83)

            The diocese reported 84 marriages to the CBC. The Wales YB published a total of 108. The PRC deducted the ten overseas marriages and revised its total to 98.

 

Receptions

            Figures for receptions into full communion were sent to the CD by all dioceses, total 5,119. This is fairly close to the PRC revised total of 5,180. But comparisons at diocesan level reveal huge differences.

 

Birmingham (481)

            The total reported to the CBC, which the PRC accepted, was 449.

 

Hexham & Newcastle (410)

`           The total reported to the CBC was 389, which the PRC accepted.

 

Menevia (76)

            This was also the figure published in the Wales YB, but the total reported to the CBC was 38, which the PRC accepted. The explanation is that the CD and Wales YB figure include not only receptions into full communion of adults already baptised but also baptisms of persons age 7 & over, which just happened to be 38 in 2012.

 

Nottingham (931)

            This huge figure is also published in the diocesan YB. It represents 18.2% of the national total. The total reported to the CBC, which the PRC accepted, was 277. We have asked twice for an explanation of the discrepancy.

 

Plymouth (159)

The diocese reported 84 to the CBC, also published in its YB, which the PRC accepted. The difference is explained, once again, by the inclusion in the CD figure of baptisms of ‘persons aged over 7 years’ as well as receptions into full communion of adults already baptised.

 

Future PRC publications on pastoral & demographic statistics

This blog has not been concerned with analysis of or commentary on the implications of the statistics now reinstated in the CD, but only with assessment of their quality as statistics. The PRC analysis and commentary, Report to parishes on the pastoral & demographic statistics of the Catholic Church in England & Wales, 2001-2012, will be published as soon as it has been completed. It will give some of the detailed statistics for 2001, 2011 and 2012 that have been revised by the PRC, some analytical data, and a brief commentary. It will be followed by the publication, in two parts, of the PRC’s revision of the detailed pastoral and demographic statistics for each of the years 2001-2012. The first part will give the detailed figures themselves, without analysis or commentary. The second part will give a very detailed account of the methodology used to revise these statistics, and the sources used to do so. These two will be followed by the Supplement, 2001-12, to Vol. I of the PRC’s Digest of Statistics of the Catholic community of England & Wales, 1958-2005. This will contain some analytical material, but no commentary.

 

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