THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
Every year, Catholic Church statistics show that the number
of Catholics in the world is increasing. So 1/6 of the population
of the world is Catholic. Or are they? “Catholics
are less likely to receive the sacraments, and less likely
to marry in the Church.” If so, then they are not
really Catholic. Nor are they truly Christian.
The truth is that 99 of the 100 sheep are lost. Authentic
disciples of Jesus Christ are a very small number in the world,
and even in the Catholic Church. This is why the work of the
New Evangelization is so urgent and so critical.
Let us get moving and bring those lapsed and lost Catholics
back to God and back to the Church.
World's Catholic population up, but sacramental
practice in decline, study shows
Catholic World News - June 02, 2015
world’s Catholic population has grown by over 400 million
since 1980, with the fastest growth coming in Africa and Asia,
according to a new study by Georgetown University’s
Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA). Although
the CARA study showed overall growth in the number of Catholics,
the results also contained some sobering news for the Church:
Catholics are less likely to receive the sacraments, and
less likely to marry in the Church.
the absolute number of Catholics in the world is projected
to continue growing through 2050, the proportion of Catholics
in the world’s overall population is not likely to
change, according to the CARA study.
number of Catholic parishes has not nearly kept pace with
the number of Catholics, and the
of priests serving the Catholic faithful has declined sharplyby
35% worldwide since 1980.
CARA study shows a pronounced contrast between the growth
of the Church in Africa and Asia on one hand, and the decline
of Catholicism in Europe on the other. Since 1980, Africa
has seen a 238% growth in the number of Catholics, 112% growth
in the number of Catholic parishes, and 131% growth in the
number of priests. In Europe, over the same period of time,
the number of Catholics has grown by 6%, but the number of
parishes has declined by 12% and the number of priests has
plummeted by 32%.
The decline of European Catholicism is also vividly illustrated
in the CARA study by the drop in the number of church marriagesfrom
1.5 million in 1980 to 650,000 in 2012and the stunning
loss of 1.5 million in the number of babies baptized.
The Church is also experiencing growth in Asia, where the
number of Catholics has grown by 115% and the number of priests
by 121%. The Americascombining North and South America,
as the Vatican does in its statistical yearbookshow much
slower growth: 56% in the number of Catholics, but just 2%
in Catholic priests. Oceania shows a similar pattern: a 67%
increase in Catholics, but just 5% in Catholic parishes.
The CARA study showed that the proportion of Catholics receiving
the sacraments on a regular basis declined worldwide since
1980. Not surprisingly, the steepest decline was in Europe,
followed by the Americas.
Additional sources for this story
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Church: More Catholics, fewer receiving sacraments (RNS)
a major global shift happening in the Catholic Church (Christian
Catholicism: Trends & Forecasts (CARA)