Catholic Statistics

Let me share with you my Catholic New York column that was published this week about Catholic statistics and the challenge of new evangelization.

Do you agree that we get way too many statistics? Seems as if every time I turn around, I’m looking at “the results of a new survey.” What’s worse, the findings often seem to contradict themselves!

One of these statistics does haunt me, though: recently scholarly research shows that, over the last decade or so, about 10 percent of our Catholic people have left the Church.

I don’t mean they have just drifted from the practice of the faith, or consider themselves “lapsed Catholics.” That’s worrisome enough, and there’s, sadly, a lot of them, too. But, at least these still consider themselves “part of the family.” I’m more botheredby those who have left and don’t have plans to return home.

To invite them back is a high priority of what we call the new evangelization, which both Blessed John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI have signaled as the pastoral challenge of our day.

You can read my whole column here.

8 Responses to “Catholic Statistics”

  1. Venerable Fulton Sheen often spoke of periods of time throughout history when the church would suffer persecutions. He talked about today’s threat to the Church in that many would leave her because of the lure of the world. Perhaps the only way people will return to the Church is by sitting in sackcloth and ashes. We are in serious need of repentance preaching. Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel.

    Priest, religious, and layman – At the second coming, will Christ find any faith left on earth?

    Vivian Cuadras

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    1. The highest number of reported abortions occurred in New York.

    2. They promote Pro-Homosexual school text books and gay videos in New York public Schools and they bully Christian children who stand up for their Christian faith.

    3. Gov. Andrew Cuomo called same-sex “marriage”opponents discriminatory and “anti-American” Over one year ago, an employee with the New York Archdiocese warned of an “impending persecution” after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called same-sex “marriage” opponents discriminatory and “anti-American” What is un-American is the fact that one can no longer express their freedom of Christian belief?

    4. Christian Churches kicked out of New York public schools by Mayor Bloomberg. They keeps their promise to Gays and promote Pro-Homosexual school text books and kicked the Christian Pastors out of the public schools.

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    Are you aware that one of the first thing Hitler did in his rise to power was to subdue the Bible believing Christian churches in Germany? It is important to remember that Hitler didn’t act alone in these things. A lot of people helped Hitler implement his horrendous policies. Before the rise of Nazi Germany and Hitler, the Christian Church in Germany was strong. And there were some courageous Christians who did stand up against Hitler and the Nazi party; but it was too few too late.

    Hitler and his regime didn’t make their changes to Germany over night. These changes were made incrementally. Here are some things that Hitler implemented to pave the way for the dismantling of the Christian Church in Germany:

    1. While prayer in school had been obligatory the people allowed Hitler to make it optional. Prayer was removed from America’s public schools in 1962.

    2. Festivals that had previously been identified as Christian holidays were reclassified with secular names. This has been accomplished all over America.

    3. They took very aggressive steps to control and intimidate “Pastors” to incorporate and encourage various seemingly harmless pagan worship while discouraging churches from preaching the true Gospel message. Most American churches have already voluntarily surrendered many of their rights by unnecessarily embracing 501 C3 registration.

    4. They took control of public radio not allowing views contrary to theirs to be broad-casted. In America there is movement to restrict Biblical views as “hate speech” as they now do in Canada.

    5. They supported and promoted Darwinian Evolution to justify the purging of the species. In many schools and universities in America, Christian creation is not even allowed to be introduced as an option.

    6. The Christian cross symbol was outlawed and replaced with the German swastika (the swastika didn’t originate with Hitler; it had previously been used as a religious symbol for thousands of years). Today many of the largest main stream churches that call themselves “Christian” are practicing and promoting the removal of the the cross symbol so as not to offend anyone.

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  3. Irene says:

    I am an active and practicing Catholic, but I ask myself sometimes if the world is a better place with organized religion in it. Christians, Jews and Muslims routinely kill each other. We look for reasons to dislike and discriminate against each other. I know non-believers who live a more Christian life than some of the people I see in Church.

    Maybe some people are non-religious because those of us who are religious aren’t really setting much of an example.

  4. Centurion 9.41 says:

    “They’re “spiritual” but not religious, they tell us.”

    “Mr. John Garvey, got us thinking when he observed that the real threat to religious liberty in America was … from a developing sentiment in American life that religion itself is silly, unnecessary, superstitious, a waste of time, boring. If one could care less about religion, Mr. Garvey concluded, well, one can hardly be expected to defend the freedom to exercise it.”

    Cardinal Dolan, the last 40+ years the Bishops and priests have spent every Sunday, with their back literally turned to Our Lord’s Altar, where above He still hangs in Crucifixion, and taught next to nothing about the Catholic Faith or the revealed the wisdom of the Saints. No, they spent their time talking about how to render WITH Caesar social justice. And as they did so, they emphasized focusing on “common ground” with words that do not hold religious meaning. Things like the true meaning of Charity were denied by a silence like Peter before the cock crowed. They were replaced with common words humanist words and humanist principles like social rights as opposed to unalienable rights from God.

    The data of the “Social Sciences” are not science. The data and statistics are, like virtually all social political data that is opinion and not immovable fact, so gravely flawed and so numerous they’ve become like a Smoke of Satan chocking and blinding you and all the others who seek wisdom and guidance in them.

    What is in a name? A rose by any other name.

    In the early church the Eucharistic Prayer was considered so important, so solemn, that it was called “the secret” and was not open to anyone who entered the Mass.

    Today, those who publicly support abortion walk out and put out their hand like the virgins who demanded oil for their lamps.

    So, “Catholic statistics”, and “lapsed Catholics”.

    Hmmm. I’ll have to go back to the Gospel and find those parts where He spoke to the Apostles about counting the hairs of the heads and the birds that fall from the sky.


  5. AndyP/Doria2 says:

    Dear God Almighty. I have been fighting this for over 30 years and our leaders and “experts” are just noticing there is a problem?

    Come Lord Jesus. It’s just too late for Europe and America. Africs and Southeast Asia are the new fields to labor in.

    This is so frustrating, you have no idea. Fiddling while all around us burns.

  6. Angela Vitulli says:

    Catholic statics,

    It might be prudent at this time for sincere practicing Catholics to put the light back on being lamps on a lampstand cultivating the virtues Jesus taught to us.
    Feeding our faith. Growing in grace and virtue. This will attract those who would otherwise be outside the faith.


  7. Deborah Nuzzo says:

    The Church Leadership in America has not been honest in why so many leave it or have lost the faith. The Shepherds have not shepherded us for decades and seem to be pointing fingers at everything else, but themselves.

    It is hard to read this as it pretends that all is well with the Church except for those who leave it. As though nothing else is seriously wrong. As though the new evangelization is just about being happy Catholics who should go around and get others to be happy Catholics and come to mass, etc, etc, etc. and join this ministry and that ministry and fill the bulletins with so much assortment and names and busyness that all seems well. Meanwhile, so few of those who do these things are not aware of their faith, do not know doctrine enough to save their souls, nor what sin is, and are never taught or corrected.

    The Church leadership in America (The AMChurch which hardly resemble the Roman Catholic Church anymore) is also two-faced especially in the area of defending marriage. Bishops and priests can talk all they want about defending marriage, but it falls flat.

    Why is it that the defense of marriage only began when the same-sex marriage bill was passed? The effort was clearly hollow. If our Church leadership in the U.S. was as serious about marriage as they pretend–and it seems clear by their inaction they are not–our Bishops would have long ago closed down their annulment mills. They are mills just as much as abortuaries are mills, annulling hundreds of thousands of marriages in the U.S. over the last 4 decades. This is the number one heresy of all heresies and clearly does not align with Catholic teaching, scripture or the jurisprudence of The Tribunal of the Roman Rota. Rome overturns up to 95% of annulment decisions on appeal granted by our annulment crazy canon lawyers and tribunals. From here, the dissolution of valid marriages and families (or attempted dissolution since the marriage bond cannot be broken), all other cultural and moral problems begin. Yet there is never the least little effort, not one iota of help given to keep couples together. Twenty people, though, will come running to help with getting one an annulment. Very, very sad.

    Each year the Pontiff addresses the Tribunal of the Roman Rota. Over the last 30 years, these addresses have been ones of correction and some severe for our U.S. tribunals. Yet, nothing changes and almost anyone who wants an annulment gets one. This is proof of how the U.S. Church disobeys their authority in Rome and is two-faced about defending marriage.

    If we are going to be honest about statistics, let’s have the annulment numbers.

  8. joshua says:

    Like sheep we are so easily distracted and get lost. The devil entices us with other false churches and we easily go astray. Media has a lot to do with this. We hear a TV celebrity talk about what psychologists are saying about this or that, and everyone goes running to psychologist as if they are the new prophets. Here mom, take a valium. You will feel better soon. Medial portrays comics to speak with the authority of a prophet on certain subjects and like gullible children we listen. Ie. Bill Maher talks about how religion is the cause of all evil in the world. As if Bill Maher could tie the shoes of St. Augustine. We allow our kids to see movies about sex, violence and mindless death, and because media says that the movie The Passion of the Christ is a snuff movie, we do not allow our kids to see a story that is really about the strength of overcoming temptation as Jesus steps on the serpent in the garden, and about pain and forgiveness and God’s love for us. Suddenly movie critics start telling us that watching violence is bad for us? Oh, sexy cartoons on prime time TV is not a violent assault to our kids minds? When you think about it, Considering the constant media bombardment with their messages being brought into our homes with TV and computers, it is a miracle that we have only lost 10%.