Holy Surplus

Recycling Dutch Church Art

Catholicism is quickly fading from the crowded cities and flat countryside of the Netherlands. While still the country’s largest faith, it’s in retreat as secularization, the sexual-abuse crisis, and lay discontent with the hierarchy take their toll on once-solid parishes. No matter what the indicator—totals of priests, nuns, baptized Catholics, regular churchgoers, religious weddings or funerals—almost all trends point downward.

The latest sign of the faith’s steep decline came in...

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About the Author

Tom Heneghan is the Paris-based religion editor for Reuters. He is the author of Unchained Eagle: Germany after the Wall (Pearson Education).

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