We’ve all heard that growing numbers of Hispanics are leaving the Catholic Church for the evangelical and Pentecostal worlds.
Well, a more significant trend may be how Hispanics are changing the Catholic Church from within.
The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life released today a major study on the religious beliefs and practices of Hispanics in America. Pew found that 68 percent of Hispanics still identify themselves as Catholic, while 20 percent say they are Protestant.
But more than half of Hispanic Catholics say they are charismatic, living a Spirit-filled faith is that commonly associated with Pentecostal tradition. Only 8 percent of non-Hispanic Catholics say they are charismatic.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The major findings in this study leave little doubt that a detailed understanding of religious faith among Latinos is essential to fully appreciating the evolving nature of religion in the United States and of the role Latinos will likely play in the countryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s politics and public life,Ã¢â‚¬? said Luis Lugo, director of the Pew Forum.
You can read the study “here.”:http://pewforum.org/surveys/hispanic/
I will have to give it a full reading soon and blog about what else Pew has to say.