Key Quotes for 2002

Key Quotes for 2002

A world perspective in bite-size chunks
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Last update: Friday 18th October
 
The teenage pregnancy rate in Stoke-on-Trent is the highest across Europe.
Connexions, Staffordshire
 
One in three wealthy Brits have sacrificed marriage, personal relationships and time with family in the pursuit of money
Report Lloyds TSB Private Banking
 
The Oklahoma survey revealed that 34% of married couples had serious trouble in their marriage. Of those that remained married, 92% said they were "glad they were still together."
Focus On The Family
 
A National Survey of Family and Households in America studied 5,232 married adults who were interviewed in the late 1980's. Of these individuals, 645 reported being unhappily married. Five years later, these same adults were interviewed again. They revealed that a full 2/3rd's of the unhappily married spouses who stayed married were actually happier five years later! Among those who initially rated their marriages as "very unhappy", but remained together, nearly 80% considered themselves "happily married" and "much happier" five years later. Only 19% of those who got divorced or separated were happy five years later
Focus On The Family
 
The Children's Society estimates that over 1,000 children are abducted each year in the UK.
Christian Herald
 
The German Soccer League is trying to ban the name of Jesus from football pitches. The organisation, based in Frankfurt, has told players to stop displaying religious slogans on T-shirts.
Christian Herald
 
Scotland has faced a clergy shortfall with the number of priests reducing from over a thousand to less than 800 over the last decade.
Scottish Catholic Observer
 
The Catholic Church in Ireland is also facing a major vocation shortage as the country's oldest seminary was forced to shut down having failed to attract a single new recruit. The closure means only one seminary remains open in the Republic and statistics show there are only 57 nuns and priests in Ireland under the age of 30 with church attendance falling as low as 5% in parts of the country.
Scottish Catholic Observer
 
An international survey has concluded that the United Kingdom is the second most 'godless' country in the world, only Japan being less religious.
David Pawson Christian Herald 29th December 2001/5 January 2002; originally from Readers Digest, Gallup Poll
 
During the 90's we lost 1,000 kids every week from the Church
Marc Europe Research
 
250,000 people live in Stoke-on-Trent and 117,000 live in the area of Newcastle-Under-Lyme. Only 1% attend church.
 
TIME magazine has called Western Europe the least religious place on earth.
 
Every day - 30,000 people come to Christ in Latin America. Every day - 25,000 come to Christ in China. Every day - 7,000 leave the church in Europe.
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In 1977 less than half of families in the US relied on dual incomes. Today that figure has dramatically increased to two-thirds and is still climbing.
Evangelicals Now
 
The Welsh had 5,800 churches in 1980, but only 4,800 in 2000.
The Christian Herald
 
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