As we have clearly seen secularism grow in the United States (and support for it) in the past 4 years…and surely we will see it continue in the next 4, the effects of it are clear and still being seen in Europe. The difference is that in Europe the secularisation happened so much faster and during a time while the Church itself was open to various ideologies and didn't not hold its ground confidently, unlike the United States now where the bishops are holding on confidently to defending at least religious liberty.
The Church of Vatican II: the lamps are going out all over Europe
1. In Vic (Catalonia, Spain), the Franciscans are leaving after nearly 800 years of continuous presence. On October 28, a farewell (new) Mass for the Franciscans was celebrated in the Shrine of the Mother of God. (Source: Catalunya Religió – tip: La Cigüeña)
2. In Dieburg (Hesse, Germany), only four elderly Capuchins were left, and the local province decided to end 400 years of presence in the city; they are leaving in a couple of weeks. (Source: German Capuchin portal; tip: reader)
3. In Le Havre (Normandy, France), the large former convent, including a large chapel, that housed the Recollect Franciscans for over a century is about to be demolished. The last two friars left a few months ago, and the property was sold to investors. (Source: 76actu)