- Jul 9, 2020
Latino immigrants and their families impacted by the pandemic and the outcry against racism lack the assistance networks that others have, but they are finding support in their relatives and parish communities, according to speakers on a June 11 panel.
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.
Mercy Sisters discuss their work with migrants and refugees.
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.
Early analysis of the 2018 midterms suggests some sobering food for thought for the American bishops.
People are wondering why the percentage of Latino children attending Catholic schools is so small.