According to Crux magazine, a very Catholic magazine, “Percentage of US Catholics drops and Catholicism is losing members faster than any denomination”.
That makes sense as the child rape scandal, and the Catholic church’s policy to hide every known pedophile priest, and fight every victim, in brutal defiance of Jesus in Matt 18:6-14, comes to light.
More statistics from the article, many of which are based on a Pew Research study done in 2014 and released in 2015:
- for every 1 Catholic convert, more than 6 Catholics leave the church
- number of Catholics in the United States dropped by 3 million since 2007
- Catholicism loses more members than it gains at a higher rate than any other denomination, with nearly 13 percent of all Americans describing themselves as “former Catholics.”
- the average Catholic is getting a bit older, with the median age of 49, up 4 years
- The share of Massachusetts Catholics dropped 9 percentage points since the last survey in 2007
From a study by Marshall, “80% of Catholics are no longer Catholic by the time they turn 23“, where many of the statistics come from :
- Only 30 percent of Americans who were raised Catholic are still practicing (p. 24).
- 10 percent of all adults in America are ex-Catholics, about 30 million people (p. 25).
- Nearly 80 percent of cradle Catholics are no longer Catholic by the age of 23 (p. 33)
And that’s before everyone sees “Spotlight”, the Oscar winning movie that shows the truth about the Catholic church hiding 271 known pedophile priests in Boston alone, and using all of its power to hide them and to bully the victims.
Want to see a truer barometer? How full was your church last Sunday, and what about other Catholic churches that you’ve in the country (assuming you’ve gone on days other than Christmas Easter, et cetera)?
Boston’s largest church, the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, is rarely more than 10% full, even for the busiest mass on Sunday.