- Apr 8, 2020
Hispanics now account for 40 percent of all U.S. Catholics, and a solid majority of school-age Catholics. Yet Hispanic Americans are strikingly underrepresented in Catholic schools and in the priesthood — accounting for less than 19 percent of Catholic school enrollment and only about 3 percent of U.S.-based priests.
Sex abuse survivors of color are often overlooked by the Church.
Catholic priests known as Redemptorists have spent five years expanding outreach to the Hispanic community in the Mississippi Delta.
In 2018-19, 47 percent of Latinos identified as Catholic, down from 57 percent a decade ago. A Pew Research Center study found the share of Latinos who say they are religiously unaffiliated is now 23 percent, up from 15 percent in 2009.
A new study shows that the percentage of Catholics in the United States has fallen from nearly one-in-four to one-in-five, with the added news that Hispanics in America are no longer majority-Catholic.
Since the mass shootings in California, Texas and Ohio in late July and early August, Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez said he has been praying and reflecting on the tragedies but noted El Paso “hit me in a personal way.”