15 May 2014, The Tablet

Ups and downs

American Catholicism

At the very moment when the Catholic Church in America is becoming more Latino, it is also losing Hispanics. An authoritative new study concludes that greater effort is needed to prevent them drifting away from their faith The numbers are staggering. There are now 29.7 million Hispanic Catholics in the United States, despite the fact that a significant percentage of them leave the Church either before coming to the US or once they arrive. Hispanic Catholics are 40 per cent of all Catholics. Much of the growth in the Latino Catholic population is built on the birthrate of US-born Hispanics: if immigration stopped tomorrow, Hispanics would still become a majority of all Catholics within a few years. “The present and the future of American Catholicism largely depends on how well the C
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