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Number of US Catholics declines by 398,000

Catholic World News
February 26, 2009
http://www.catholicculture.org/news/head...oryid=2115

Between the beginning and the end of 2007, the number of Catholics in the United States declined by nearly 400,000 to 67.1 million, according to the newly published 2009 Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches. The Catholic Church remains the largest ecclesial community in the United States. The number of Southern Baptists-- the nation’s second largest, with 16.3 million members-- declined by 40,000. Rounding out the top ten are the United Methodist Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Church of God in Christ, the National Baptist Convention USA, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the National Baptist Convention of America, the Presbyterian Church (USA), and the Assemblies of God. Of those ten, only the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Assemblies of God reported increases.

[See] NCC's 2009 Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches reports decline in Catholic, Southern Baptist membership (National Council of Churches USA) [at http://www.ncccusa.org/news/090130yearbook1.html ]

*sigh*

How sad.
The good news is we're down less than some of the other guys..

Membership of the top 25 churches in the U.S. totals 146,663,972 -- down 0.49 percent from last year's total of 147,382,460.

The top 25 churches reported in the 2009 Yearbook are in order of size:

The Roman Catholic Church, 67,117,06 members, down 0.59 percent. (Ranked 1)

The Southern Baptist Convention, 16,266,920 members, down 0.24 percent. (Ranked 2)

The United Methodist Church, 7,931,733 members, down 0.80 percent. (Ranked 3)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 5,873,408 members, up 1.63 percent .(Ranked 4)

The Church of God in Christ, 5,499,875 members, no change reported. (Ranked 5)

National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc., 5,000,000 members, no change reported. (Ranked 6)

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, 4,709,956 members, down 1.35 percent. (Ranked 7)

National Baptist Convention of America, Inc., 3,500,000 members, no change reported. (Ranked 8)

Presbyterian Church (USA), 2,941,412 members, down 2.79 percent (Ranked 9)

Assemblies of God, 2,863,265 members, up 0.96 percent. (Ranked 10)

African Methodist Episcopal Church, 2,500,000 members, no change reported. (Ranked 11)

National Missionary Baptist Convention of America, 2,500,000 members, no change reported. (Ranked 11)

Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc., 2,500,000 members, no change reported. (Ranked 11)

The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LCMS), 2,383,084 members, down 1.44 percent. (Ranked 14)

The Episcopal Church, 2,116,749 members, down 1.76 percent. (Ranked 15)

Churches of Christ, 1,639,495 members, no change reported. (Ranked 16)

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, 1,500,000 members, no change reported. (Ranked 17)

Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc., 1,500,000 members, no change reported. (Ranked 17)

The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, 1,400,000 members, down 3.01 percent. (Ranked 19)

American Baptist Churches in the USA, 1,358,351, down 0.94 percent. (Ranked 20)

Baptist Bible Fellowship International, 1,200,000, no change reported. (Ranked 21)

United Church of Christ, 1,145,281 members, down 6.01 percent. (Ranked 22)

Jehovah's Witnesses, 1,092,169 members, up 2.12 percent (Ranked 23)

Christian Churches and Churches of Christ, 1,071,616 members, no change reported. (Ranked 24)

Church of God (Cleveland, Tenn.), 1,053,642 members, up 2.04 percent. (Ranked 25)

WhollyRoaminCatholic Wrote:How sad

In the "big picture" you're right.

If there were really 67 million dedicated Catholics in this country however, this place would be very different. Practically speaking, at least more people have the intellectual honesty to not identify with a religion they don't believe in.
Hopefully, those were 67 million 'bad' Catholics.  I believe if the apple barrel gets cleaned up our numbers will swell again.
Don't get me wrong..I have no problem with these kind of postings on Fish eaters..And this is kind of interesting. But why did you think that the folks here needed to here about a this?...Just curious...[Image: laff.gif]
Why not post it? I'm glad he did. It's always good to see where the Home Team stands in relation to the rest of the league. Not that it REALLY matters because we already know how the season will end. I guess it just satisfied my curiosity. Helps me prioritize prayer intentions and all. Thanks Stevus.
Sinner Wrote:Why not post it? I'm glad he did. It's always good to see where the Home Team stands in relation to the rest of the league. Not that it REALLY matters because we already know how the season will end. I guess it just satisfied my curiosity. Helps me prioritize prayer intentions and all. Thanks Stevus.

Exactly Smile

The context is not here, but I posted that because someone posted a near identical post in response to something I posted in a forum which it fit perfectly. I don't want to call attention to who did it (and it hardly matters), but I was curious to what the response would be if I did it.
Oh!
Sinner Wrote:Oh!

I didn't expect anyone to know. Your response was rational Smile
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