I was poking around the newsfeeds at the weekend in search of BF fodder, and I stumbled across this piece linking to this one, outlining how a recent pilgrimage of altar servers in Rome showed the gender balance as being roughly 60/40 in favour of the girls.
What a fascinating statistic. I don’t know how accurate the counting was at this event, or how representative of the global trends this stat is, but I know that my own experience at parishes around the country would tend to see that statistic as being conservative, to say the least!
Why is it that fewer lads are stepping up to serve? Personally, I don’t buy they whole sex-scandal thing, because the numbers were dropping off well before then. I’ve read a couple of opinions, and they seem to fall into two camps:
1) Isn’t it great to see young girls out there, emulating Martha and helping out at the altar? Lovely.
2) Isn’t it terrible that we don’t have enough boys serving at the altar, as that used to be where many heard their vocation to the priesthood. Tragic.
I just hope it isn’t the boys simply thinking “sweet – I don’t have to do it because the rosters are filled up without me.”
What about all of you out there in Being Frank land? Do you think that there are more altar girls than boys? And do you think this is a good or bad thing? I’m really keen to take the pulse on this one.
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