Most people in Ireland would call themselves Christians, but very few understand the Gospel or think that a relationship with Jesus Christ is possible. After all the public disclosure of abuse in in the Catholic church, there is now much disillusionment with religion. The recent economic boom (followed by a bust) influenced a development of materialism, and much of Ireland has moved away from the church and could be considered post-Christian. For an increasing number of Irish people, church is a place they go to on special occasions - to baptize their children, get married, or bury the dead - but is rarely, if ever, visited outside of those events.