The State of Religion Today

Why is urgent evangelization necessary?

The Christian community cannot carry out a permanent catechesis without the direct and skilled participation of adults, whether as receivers or as promoters of catechetical activity. - John Paul II1

USA - Belief in God

More than 9 in 10 Americans still say "yes" when asked the basic question "Do you believe in God?" This is down only slightly from the 1940s, when Gallup first asked this question.

Catholic Mass Attendance Data

From: Gallup Poll3

USA - Identity as Christian

The percentage of Protestants identifying themselves as strongly religious has increased while the percent of Catholics expressing the same identity has declined. Only thirty-eight percent of Catholics say they are srongly religious.

Catholic Mass Attendance Data

From: Gallup4

Catholics - Frequency of Mass Attendance

Twenty-three percent of adult Catholics attend Mass every week. Older Catholics are more likely to attend mass than younger Catholics. Sixty-six percents of Catholics never attend mass or attend only a few tmes a year. (1). For all Christian religions in America only 20.4% attend church on any given Sunday.(2)

Catholic Mass Attendance Data

1) From: Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate

2) From: Hartford Institute for Religious Research

Catholic Attitudes

Sixty-four percent of Catholics who do not attend mass weekly think missing mass is not a sin, and fifty percent of those Catholics describe themselves as 'not very religious'.

Catholic Attitudes

From: Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate

Catholics Mission and Life

Twenty-seven percent of Catholics say that 'living a life consistent with Church teaching' is not important, and thirty-four percent say attending mass is not important.7

Catholics Mission and Life

From: Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate

Catholics and the Eucharist

Sixty percent of Christmas-Easter Catholics do not believe in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Thirty-five percent of Catholics who attend mass once or more times a month have the same view.

Catholics and the Eucharist

From: Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate

Catholics Vocations

Only seventeen percent of Catholics males have ever considered becoming a priest or brother and only five percent have ever considered becoming a permanent deacon. Only thirteen percent of females have considerd becoming a religious sister.

Catholic Attitudes

From: Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate

Catholics Population

Catholic Population

From: Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate5

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