Wednesday, August 21, 2013

‘Strong’ Catholic identity at a four-decade low in U.S.

The percentage of U.S. Catholics who consider themselves “strong” members of the Roman Catholic Church has never been lower than it was in 2012, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of new data from the General Social Survey (GSS). About a quarter (27%) of American Catholics called themselves “strong” Catholics last year, down more than 15 points since the mid-1980s and among the lowest levels seen in the 38 years since strength of religious identity was first measured in the GSS, a long-running national survey carried out by the independent research organization NORC at the University of Chicago.
How’s that ‘renewal’ working out for youse?

From Bill Tighe.

1 comment:

  1. This also bespeaks of my thesis: post-1965 immigration has not added much, if any, of numbers or substance to US Catholic ranks.

    From what I see, the Central and South American immigrants are areligious or Evangelical. Also, lots of Jehovah's Witnesses--their halls have bilingual signs out front. Growing Mormon presence as well.

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