Frequently Requested Catholic Church Statistics
Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) has released a fascinating new set of data on trends within the Catholic Church in the U.S. There’s a lot here, including statistics on things like numbers of priests, sisters, deacons, parishes, Mass attendance, Catholic schools, etc. Here some other issues the study considers:
- Is Catholic Mass attendance becoming less frequent?
- How many Catholics go to Mass in any given week and how many go every week?
- Why do Catholics say they miss weekly Mass from time to time?
- How often do Catholics receive Eucharist at Mass?
- What percentage of Catholics go to Confession frequently?
- What percentage of Catholics give regularly to their parish offertory collection?
- How many Catholics consider a clerical or religious vocation?
- How many Catholics receive ashes on Ash Wednesday or abstain from meat on Fridays during Lent?
- What percentage of the U.S. adult population identifies as Catholic?
- How many people raised Catholic stop considering themselves Catholic later in life?
- Who do Catholics vote for? Since 1952 and more specific articles for the 2008, 2004, and 2000elections
- How many Latinos/Latinas self-identify as Catholic?
- What are the differences and similarities in the religious beliefs and practices of Latino/a Catholics and non-Latino/s Catholics?
- How likely are Catholics to be married to a Catholic? How likely are they to divorce?
- What percentage of Catholics have celebrated their First Communion and have been confirmed?