Last year, 319,559 Catholics attended Mass regularly, up from 316,811 in 2003, the year before the closings began, according to statistics provided by the Boston Archdiocese.
Not only are they tweaking the numbers:
The steady attendance through the closings "absolutely" was a validation of the archdiocese's closing plan, said Kathleen Heck, who worked for the archdiocese to assist the transition between closed parishes and the parishes that accepted the transferring parishioners.
The people are pouring into parishes as a validation of the archdiocese closing plan!
No confessions necessary though, they covered their fannies:
The archdiocese's statistics on Mass attendance and population are not perfectly comparable, year to year, because of the methods used to collect the numbers.