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Will US Catholic population reach 100 million?

Catholic World News - January 04, 2013

In a recent blog post, David Briggs of the Association of Religion Data Archives examined whether the Catholic population of the United States will rise to 100 million by the middle of the century.

The nation’s current Catholic population is 66.3 million, according to The Official Catholic Directory.

“There are problems, including a dramatic loss of support among white women and a culture that is increasingly more amenable to personal decision making than claims of eternal truths,” wrote Briggs, who analyzed data from several studies. “But there also are substantial reasons for optimism.”

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  • Posted by: Savonarola - Jan. 13, 2013 3:46 PM ET USA

    Did he say "optimism"?? The recent national election demonstrates that these millions of "Catholics" are uninformed, unevangelized! We are, of course, people of hope but no realist, looking at the current American Catholic scene, can be optimistic. Pray.

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