A poll conducted by Pew Research Center in 2013 showed an increasing number of U.S. Hispanics are leaving the Roman Catholic Church and going to either protestant or independent churches.
In its 2013, survey Pew found that 55% of Hispanics identified themselves as Catholic. There are about 35.4 million Latinos in the US and 19.6 million consider themselves as Catholic.
However, that is a dramatic drop from the 67% who identified themselves as Catholic in a similar 2010 Pew Survey.
Where did they go?
Well if the Pew numbers are right, many of these Catholics now identify with protestant or independent churches. In 2010, 12% of Hispanics said they were Evangelical. That number rose to 16% in 2013.
An even bigger increase was seen among Latinos attending non denominational or independent churches. In 2010, 10% of the Hispanics surveyed said they were attending independent churches, by 2013 that number had jumped to 18%, a whopping 8% increase in three years.
In the same survey, when asked their religious affiliation, 29% of Latinos who declared themselves protestants say they attended a pentecostal church.
In an interview with Charisma News, a spokesperson with the Assemblies of God — a pentecostal church in the US — said over one-third (110 of 324) of their new church plants in 2013 were Latino works. As well with a weekly attendance of 17,000, the Chicago-based New Life Covenant Ministries — the largest Assembly of God church in the US — is Hispanic.
- The Shifting Religious Identity of Latinos in the United States: Pew Research
- Assemblies of God reports ‘Incredible Growth’ Among this demographic: Charisma News
- ‘We’d rather be protestants’: More Hispanics give Catholicism an unwanted wake-up call: Charisma News