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Mexican bishops respond to data showing increasingly fewer Catholics in their country

March 03, 2023

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CWN Editor's Note: The percentage of the Mexican population that is Catholic has fallen from 98.2% (1950), to 87.9% (2000), to 77.7% (2020).

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Mar. 04, 2023 11:43 AM ET USA

    My personal assessment from spending time in Mexico during the 1980s and 1990s was that only about 10% of Mexicans practiced the Catholic faith. This assessment was reinforced by a Mexican priest and author who directed Catholic education in one of Northern Mexico's largest cities. To my surprise, his estimate agreed precisely with mine: 10%. Certainly the number of baptisms in Mexico is high, as it is in many countries where Catholic babies are born. But the number of faithful Catholics? Not.