TheWeek.com has an encouraging report on a seeming revival in France. The author is Pascal Emmanuel-Gobry.
On a recent Sunday, my family and I only showed up 10 minutes early for Mass. That meant we had to sit in fold-out chairs in the spillover room, where the Mass is relayed on a large TV screen. During the service, my toddler had to go to the bathroom. To get there, we had to step over a dozen people sitting in hallways and corners. This is business as usual for my church in Paris, France.
I point this out because one of the most familiar tropes in social commentary today is the loss of Christian faith in Europe in general, and France in particular. The Wall Street Journal recently fretted about the sale of “Europe’s empty churches.”
Could it be, instead, that France is in the early stages of a Christian revival?
The author goes on to mention that churches in the urban areas like Paris are bursting at the seams. He wades into the issues of Islam and atheism in France, especially in light of the Charlie Hebdo attack and the book “Submission,” which envisions France turning into an Islamic theocracy