At All Saints Church in Stockholm, the locals party:
The Portland Press Herald explores this terpsichorean “piety” in “Techno Mass fills Stockholm church”:
Over the past 10 years, membership in Sweden’s Lutheran church has fallen 13 percent and attendance at regular Sunday services plunged 50 percent to 4.6 million visits last year, worrying the clergy.
The church in Sweden has become increasingly progressive.
In 1958, it allowed its first female priests, and two years ago ordained its first openly gay bishop, Eva Brunne, and gave priests the right to wed same-sex couples.
Idestrom says his modern Mass is a further development on the road of progress.
“People say this is exactly what the Church of Sweden needs,” he said. “We need to develop the services so that we have a service also for people, mainly from the younger generation, who like this kind of music.”
Do the Protestant Swedes ever wonder if causality is at work between their sect’s wayward path and its state of decline? Do “progressives” ever stop to recognize how their “progress” kills the instititions upon which they inflict it? And what happened to Scandinavia? Were the Nordic people always so screwed up? From the time of their conversion to Christianity to the Protestant Reformation, what were the Scandinavians like? Those lands evidently produced saints. Should we blame the rot on Luther? It is just so baffling . . . and sad.