Gallup Poll just released some numbers yesterday on Christian weekly attendance in the United States. Let’s examine the numbers:
In 1955, 3 out of 4 Catholics regardless of age went to Mass. A change occurred in the 1960s which indicated a drop off from younger Catholics (21-29) less likely to attend, a drop that hit approximately 35% from 73% in 1955. The trajectory has been down with all groups in the United States since 1955 with a small bump in the 80s, perhaps due to the pontificate of John Paul II.
Overall, the decline has been sharper in the Protestant denominations which in 1955 had 71% identify with being Protestant, whereas today it’s at 47%. The Catholic Church has held steady from 24% identifying to 22% due to a rise of Hispanics in the United States. The Protestant denominations have held a better percentage of those who attend church weekly.
Gallup indicates that it believes the trend will continue due to the rise of 33% of the younger generation identifying as ‘no religion at all.’ What the data doesn’t inform readers, which would be both telling and helpful is whether the rise of these ‘nones’ are from children whose parents were “Spiritual but not Religious” in the 1990s.
The poll doesn’t address nations such as the United States and in Europe who have now accepted multiculturalism and diversity ideology in comparison to those nations such as Poland who have rejected the ideology and have a high percentage of practicing Catholics in their nation. Naturally, compared to such data, that has been found that roughly the devout faithful have always been in the 20% range, during any period; is there a correlation with the rise of diversity ideology that many who were nominal in their faith no longer feel the need to identify as Christians?
If the devout range has held firm, does it preclude that clarity of Christian beliefs should be preferred over a watering down to attract those who find diversity identity ideology more attractive?