Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Changing Demographics

Commentary forthcoming on this article in the WSJ.

First condemning stat:

The study also found that one-third of respondents who were raised Roman Catholic had left the faith as adults. Yet, the overall number of Catholics in the U.S. has remained steady -- about 25% of adults -- buttressed by a wave of Catholic Latino immigration, Pew says.

America's shifting religious landscape could affect voting patterns, scholars say. Pew has found, for example, that when Latinos leave Catholicism for evangelical churches, they often become more politically conservative.
Apparently, Latinos are not finding Catholic Churches conservative enough. Think for a minute about your diocese and who the pastors are of the Latino parishes. I think you'll find many more Birkenstocks in the rectories than at the suburban parishes.

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