DUBLIN, Ireland, June 24 (UPI) -- Irish priests have observed a decline in faith and a turn to "the evils of materialism and consumerism," a report released Monday said.
The Association of Catholic Priests said its report was based on meetings with priests' councils around the country, The Irish Times reported. The group said many priests and bishops do not believe a drop in church attendance is caused by problems with the church.
"The people, they told us, have bought into the evils of materialism and consumerism, and don't have time or interest in faith any more. They have, to all intents and purposes, become pagan," the report said.
While many priests described "evangelization" as the solution, they lacked both energy and "practical ideas" on how to carry it out, the group said.
Many priests are also concerned about false charges of sexual misconduct, the report said.