CNA Staff, Jul 17, 2020 / 07:30 am America/Denver (CNA).
Cardinal Christoph Schönborn has said that he regrets that an increasing number of people are leaving the Church in Austria.
In an interview with Austrian Church newspapers, he said: “There is a phenomenon that affects the Church worldwide and especially us here in Austria: that is, those who silently turn their backs on the Church.”
In Austria, the number of people leaving the Church rose by 14.9% in 2019 compared to the previous year. A total of 67,583 people left in 2019, while 58,807 left in 2018, reported CNA Deutsch, CNA’s German language news partner.
Austria has a population of almost nine million, with around 4.98 million Catholics.
Schönborn, the archbishop of Vienna, lamented the exodus of Austrian Catholics.