Monday, March 9, 2009

Catholics continue to dominate in U.S.

Thats what "RACHEL ZOLL, AP Religion Writer Rachel Zoll, Ap Religion Writer" should have written on Mon Mar 9, 12:14 am ET. Here are excerpts from the study (article link in title):

"Nationally, Catholics remain the largest religious group, with 57 million people saying they belong to the church. The tradition gained 11 million followers since 1990, but its share of the population fell by about a percentage point to 25 percent.

In 2008, Christians comprised 76 percent of U.S. adults, compared to about 77 percent in 2001 and about 86 percent in 1990. Researchers said the dwindling ranks of mainline Protestants, including Methodists, Lutherans and Episcopalians, largely explains the shift. Over the last seven years, mainline Protestants dropped from just over 17 percent to 12.9 percent of the population.

Evangelical or born-again Americans make up 34 percent of all American adults and 45 percent of all Christians and Catholics, the study found. Researchers found that 18 percent of Catholics consider themselves born-again or evangelical, and nearly 39 percent of mainline Protestants prefer those labels. Many mainline Protestant groups are riven by conflict over how they should interpret what the Bible says about gay relationships, salvation and other issues."


~Joseph the Worker said...

That's pretty good news that we are at least treading water I guess. I wonder why the mainline Protestants are dwindling so much? Lack of sticking to moral values? Or is it failure to differentiate themselves enough from the Catholic Church? That's a key question I'd like to see explored some more.

The Catholic Journeyman said...

Maybe further splintering into the "emerging" church veins and private house churches.

I cant help but wonder myself if the WWW and social networking has played a part in a drawing away via electronic substitution, most of them (like my friend the a-C) dont feel they need a church at all to practice their worship and evangelize.