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France's rather confused Roman Catholics

Yet another impertinent, if strangely compelling, survey from the other side of the channel, this time concerning the afterlife and so forth:

First, all respondents:

In your opinion, what happens after death?

'The resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting' (so to speak) - 10%
'Reincarnation' - 7%
'Something, but I cannot define it' 33%
'Nothing' - 43%
'Don't know' - 7%

Pretty poor for the First Daughter of the Church, but where it gets really weird is with what people would like to happen, and the figures for those choices are 14%, 20%, 26%, 32% and 8%. I would have answered D to the first, but given a choice of one of those things coming to pass, I would definitely choose A. After all, Heaven must be a better option than the dice of the Gods offering some form of re-incarnation, as while believers in previous lives always seem to think they were Queens (hello Shirley McLaine), Emperors, mighty warriors etc, someone does have to man the plague pits, clean the latrines, die of leprosy in infancy etc.

Moving swiftly on, some 6% of practicing Catholics believe in reincarnation, as do 1% of regular worshippers. Further, 8% of regular worshippers think there is a big fat rien after death and 5% don't know. I think a quiet word from the priest is called for.

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