US adult Catholic population slipping, study shows

US adult Catholic population slipping, study shows

[In his 1972 “The smoke of Satan has entered the temple of God” address, Pope Paul VI also said that the Church was passing through a period of auto-demolition (or self-destruction), which still continues with a new aspect – namely, demographic – i.e., the number of Catholics apostatizing or dying is not being replaced by the number of new Catholics through conversion, birth or immigration!]

Catholic World News – March 16, 2018

The US adult Catholic population has dropped by 0.9% since 2010: a loss of more than 500,000, according to the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA). While America’s overall adult population was growing by 6.3%, the number of adult Catholics fell. In 2010, 25.2% of adult Americans identified themselves as Catholics; in 2016 the figure was down to 23.5%. The CARA report also found declines in the number of births to Catholic women, the number of new entries into the Church, and the proportion of Catholics marrying in the Church.

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