Catholic and Protestant Church Attendance

Indianapolis Star [United States]
April 10, 2004

More Protestants than Catholics now attend church on a weekly basis, according to polls taken by the Gallup Organization.

- After the clergy sexual abuse scandal broke in January 2002, Catholic weekly church attendance reached an all-time low of 35 percent. By November 2003, attendance had climbed back to 45 percent.

- During that period, Protestant attendance remained fairly stable at around 47 percent

- 1n 1955, however, almost twice as many Catholics as Protestants attended church on a weekly basis, 74 percent to 42 percent.

- In 2003, 40 percent of Catholics said they had attended church the previous week, while 47 percent of Protestants said they had attended church the previous week.

-- Sources: The Gallup Organization, Religion News Service


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