Wednesday, March 13, 2013
The Pew Forum reports that "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." The number, according to Pew's analysis of the General Social Survey, is 27% (even lower than the number for "mainline Protestants"). A bit:
"[O]ver the past four decades, self-reported church attendance has declined among 'strong' Catholics as well as among Catholics overall. The share of all Catholics who say they attend Mass at least once a week has dropped from 47% in 1974 to 24% in 2012; among 'strong' Catholics, it has fallen more than 30 points, from 85% in 1974 to 53% last year."
Time for some evangelization!