Sunday, September 6, 2015

For U.S. Catholics: growing numbers, shrinking rites

From Pittsburgh-

There may be more American Catholics than ever, but they’re doing fewer Catholic things.

Such is the paradox that Pope Francis will be facing when he touches down in the United States later this month.

The Catholic Church counts a historic high of about 70 million Americans in the United States and its territories, the fourth-largest Catholic population in the world, behind Brazil, Mexico and the Philippines. Independent surveys of adults give mixed results on whether the Catholic population is growing or stagnating, and many cradle Catholics do leave the faith, but immigration has continued to fuel a membership roughly a quarter of the U.S. population.

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