Survey Shows Catholic Church Attendance in US Declines
By M. Grace, April 19, 2018 23:04 PM
According to a new survey, the weekly attendance among Catholic Churches in the United States has been declining while Sunday service attendance in Protestant churches only experienced slight dropped.
Gallup recently released its data collected from 2014 to 2017 showing an average of 39 percent Catholics going to church every week. This number dropped down from 45 percent in another survey conducted from 2005 to 2008.
Meanwhile, Protestant churches saw just one percent drop in the attendance from 2014 to 2017. At least 45 percent of the churchgoers follow through their Sunday obligations.
The declining trend in the Catholic churches has been observed for over 40 years now.
The survey also revealed that young people below age 30 have not been attending church services regularly. Only 25 percent of American youngsters go to weekly mass in Catholic churches while young Protestant churchgoers accumulate up to 33 percent of the weekly church attendance.
According to Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, the continuing absence of religion in grade school and high school, hostile environment in higher education towards Christian, libertinism in pop culture and lowered expectations from clergy in Catholic Churches are some of the potential reasons why the numbers of Catholic church weekly attendance is steadily declining.
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