From the Boston Globe: “As Younger Catholics Drift Away, the Church Considers What Works.”
Some sobering data here. In 1990, one-third of U.S. children were Catholic. Now it’s 20%.
31.2% of U.S. citizens’ childhood affiliation is Catholic, but 20.9% have it as their current affiliation. The numbers for white mainline Protestants are 18% and 13.5%, a bit better. For white evangelicals it’s 17.8 and 15.6%; for black Protestants it’s 8.2 and 7.6%.
But some Catholic parishes are growing, and transforming the neighborhood as well. Go read about it.