November 24, 2019

Statistics. It's All In the Statistics..

The Pew Research Center recently released an updated religious landscape report for the US. The results were not surprising in that Christianity has maintained its precipitous decline over the last decade, dropping another 12%. This follows that of Catholics who dropped to 20%, down from 23% in 2009. This recent study, along with those in 2007 and 2014 has shown that religious disaffiliation has continued at an alarming pace, and most likely will continue to do so as the US (and the World) drop further into the abyss of abortion, contraception, homosexuality, transgenderism and legal pedophilia. Many would ask "Why is this so?". I would answer "It's all in the statistics."

Or, simply put: the aggiornamento of Vatican Council II.  

Graph from CARA Georgetown University

The late Fr. Peter Carota of Traditional Catholic Priest blog (now administered by Jonathan Byrd) had written a "before & after" post in 2014 of the Church in the USA since Vatican II. The findings then from CARA Georgetown University (see one graph above) are as sobering as the more recent PEW Study. Consider the CARA findings:

  • 1958 Priests:58,000--------------------------> 2013: 38,800
  • 1965 Ordinations:994-------------------------> 2013: 511 
  • 1965 Seminarians (graduate level):8,325---> 2013: 3,694
  • 1973 Religious Sisters (world): 1 million----> 2013: 721,935
  • 1965 Sunday Mass attendance: 65%-------> 2013: 24%
  • 1970 Average age of priests: 35-------> 2013: 63

Students in elementary schools also dropped by 1 million and Catholic in-church marriages were only 34%. Sobering statistics all and likely not very well known by the average pewsitter. But be assured they are well known by your bishops and the USCCB, many of whom simply refuse to see the causal root of the problems noted above...they can not or will not name the name and chart a reparative course accordingly. 

Of course, we all know that reparative course has to start at the top. Without Peter's authority and direction, the best we can hope for are Traditional Catholic oases in a few dioceses around the US (and the world). Unfortunately, it is now known that Bergoglio is not the Pope that will start the much-needed reparative therapy. And that reason is just as simple: no group of Cardinals or Bishops have so far had the courage to form an imperfect council to force Bergoglio to address his heretical and heterodox positions. He may die without it ever being done and we could very well be saddled with a worse Peter waiting in the shadows. And that, my friends, will be the fault of the red and purple cassocks that simply would not force the issue, especially after such brazen displays by the current Pope of idol worshipping, universalism and ecumenism. Bergoglio is 82 and could live another 10 years for all anyone knows. Can you imagine what the face of Roman Catholicism will look like in another 2, 5, or 8 years under this Pontificate? 

My guess is that many more Catholics will become another fallen-away statistic on some future CARA or Pew study. 

I will close with these quotes from the Pew study. The impact of each speak for themselves:

  • "Religious “nones” now make up fully one-third of Democrats. And about six-in-ten people who identify with or lean toward the Democratic Party say they attend religious services no more than a few times a year. The ranks of religious “nones” and infrequent churchgoers also are growing within the Republican Party, though they make up smaller shares of Republicans than Democrats."
  • "Christians have declined and “nones” have grown as a share of the adult population in all four major U.S. regions. Catholic losses have been most pronounced in the Northeast, where 36% identified as Catholic in 2009, compared with 27% today."
  • "Catholics no longer constitute a majority of the U.S. Hispanic population. In Pew Research Center RDD surveys conducted in 2018 and 2019, 47% of Hispanics describe themselves as Catholic, down from 57% a decade ago. Meanwhile, the share of Hispanics who say they are religiously unaffiliated is now 23%, up from 15% in 2009."

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