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Catholics & protestants decline differently

April 15, 2018

I have known people who call themselves Catholic atheists. I know exactly what they mean. They recognize that all doctrine they were taught from childhood is every bit as much nonsense as any other religion’s, but that still they know it, and more, still they have some affinity for all the ritual and practice. And likely still know the local priests and stalwarts of their parishes. So it doesn’t surprise me that Gallup’s recent poll shows a continued decline in the US of both Catholics and protestants. But that with Catholics that decline shows up in practice rather than in identification, and with protestants, it is in identification, rather than in practice.

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