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How many Roman Catholics are there in the world?
bbc ^ | 2.13.2013

Posted on 02/13/2013 8:34:34 AM PST by ExxonPatrolUs

Latin America accounts for 483 million Catholics, or 41.3% of the total Catholic population. Of the 10 countries in the world with the most Catholics, four are in Latin America. Brazil has the highest Catholic population of any country at more than 150 million. Italy has the most Catholics in Europe, with 57 million, while DR Congo has the biggest Catholic population in Africa, ranking ninth in the world with almost 36 million.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Religion
KEYWORDS: catholics

1 posted on 02/13/2013 8:34:41 AM PST by ExxonPatrolUs
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To: ExxonPatrolUs

Does Nancy Pelosi count as one?


2 posted on 02/13/2013 8:40:44 AM PST by PGR88
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To: ExxonPatrolUs
Latin America accounts for 483 million Catholics, or 41.3% of the total Catholic population. Of the 10 countries in the world with the most Catholics, four are in Latin America. Brazil has the highest Catholic population of any country at more than 150 million. Italy has the most Catholics in Europe, with 57 million, while DR Congo has the biggest Catholic population in Africa, ranking ninth in the world with almost 36 million.

That depends on how one defines "Catholic". If one takes into account all the cases where people have latae sententiae excommunicated themselves from the church, I'd say the numbers of "actual practicing Catholics" are considerably less than 100 million (100,000,000) worldwide.

3 posted on 02/13/2013 8:49:15 AM PST by Alex Murphy ("If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all" - Isaiah 7:9)
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To: ExxonPatrolUs

It really depends on what you mean by “Catholics”
In reality I don’t believe there are very many.


4 posted on 02/13/2013 8:51:06 AM PST by Ouchthatonehurt
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To: Alex Murphy
If one takes into account all the cases where people have latae sententiae excommunicated themselves from the church, I'd say the numbers of "actual practicing Catholics" are considerably less than 100 million (100,000,000) worldwide.

If you think that well over 92% of Catholics are so purposefully awful in practicing their religion that they are no longer members of the body of Christ, then I suggest you work on, for one thing, charity.

5 posted on 02/13/2013 8:56:05 AM PST by Yossarian ("All the charm of Nixon. All the competency of Carter." - SF Chronicle comment post on Obama)
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To: Alex Murphy

You can increase the number by one. You have the power!


6 posted on 02/13/2013 8:58:17 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Yossarian

If one takes into account all the cases where people have latae sententiae excommunicated themselves from the church, I’d say the numbers of “actual practicing Catholics” are considerably less than 100 million (100,000,000) worldwide.

If you think that well over 92% of Catholics are so purposefully awful in practicing their religion that they are no longer members of the body of Christ, then I suggest you work on, for one thing, charity.

Agreed,Yo: Alex comes off like a petulant teen-ager who can’t wait to shoot his mouth off....


7 posted on 02/13/2013 8:59:37 AM PST by Nabber
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To: Nabber
Alex comes off like a petulant teen-ager who can’t wait to shoot his mouth off....

Ping me when you talk about me.

8 posted on 02/13/2013 9:00:51 AM PST by Alex Murphy ("If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all" - Isaiah 7:9)
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To: ExxonPatrolUs

Are those practicing a form of Catholic Syncretism (the combination of Catholic teaching and Pagan practice) actually Catholics?? In this case, did they actually convert?

How about those self-identifying as Catholics who don’t practice?? (much of Western Europe)

Numbers is tricksy stuff...

I suspect that if you take out physical reproduction in third world countries, Catholicism may be shrinking, but of course, I don’t really know.


9 posted on 02/13/2013 9:19:23 AM PST by aMorePerfectUnion (Gone rogue, gone Galt, gone international, gone independent. Gone.)
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To: Nabber; Alex Murphy
I only have to compare homepages to see who has gravitas and who is blowing air. Mr. Murphy is well read and writes with clarity and if I were to choose between you two which one comes off like a petulant teenager, you Nabber would not like the result.
10 posted on 02/13/2013 9:22:46 AM PST by BipolarBob (Happy Hunger Games! May the odds be ever in your favor.)
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To: BipolarBob; Alex Murphy; Nabber

Actually, I went to Alex Murphy’s home page too, and it is mostly full of his own pronouncements on how worthy he thinks we all are in his eyes.

I’ll let God judge me, not Alex, thank you very much. And to the extent that I can influence wayward Catholics, I’ll work to do it in positive - and actually effective - ways.


11 posted on 02/13/2013 9:32:02 AM PST by Yossarian ("All the charm of Nixon. All the competency of Carter." - SF Chronicle comment post on Obama)
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To: Yossarian
I’ll let God judge me

I'm sure God appreciates your generosity in the matter.
It was Nabber who started the comparison downgrade which does not bode well on a religion topic and comes close to a personal attack. Have a good day.

12 posted on 02/13/2013 9:39:14 AM PST by BipolarBob (Happy Hunger Games! May the odds be ever in your favor.)
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To: PGR88

“Does Nancy Pelosi count as one?”

As long as the Roman Catholic Church continues to allow her to be a part of their organization, even with the blood of millions on her hands... yes she’s a catholic.


13 posted on 02/13/2013 9:46:57 AM PST by libdestroyer
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To: Yossarian; aMorePerfectUnion
If you think that well over 92% of Catholics are so purposefully awful in practicing their religion that they are no longer members of the body of Christ, then I suggest you work on, for one thing, charity.

I'm not the one judging them. Catholics have told us that the more often a Catholic attends mass, the more likely said person is a faithful, practicing i.e. "real" Catholic and not just a self-professing "cafeteria" Catholic. I've also seen studies that show only 10% or so of "self-professing" Catholics actually attend mass weekly. So when you put the two together, the number of "real Catholics" in this country is no higher than 7 million (i.e. one tenth of the 70 million or so that the USCCB reports).

The exit polls for the last two presidential elections found that only 25% of the highest "weekly attending" religious group voted for Obama. I'm giving "real" Catholics the benefit of the doubt on this one, and crediting the 7 million with that voting percent. Assuming that a quarter of the 7 million weekly-attending Catholics voted for Obama in 2008 and 2012, said voting act automatically excommunicates them, for unrepentingly supporting a pro-abortion politician. Thus, the 7 million now drops to roughly 5.5 million "real" Catholics here in the USA, or just 7.8 percent of the starting number.

Admittedly, that's the USA. I'm extrapolating the 7.8 percent onto the global numbers, unless someone really wants to argue that the mess that is Latin America is produced by faithful, practicing Catholics.

14 posted on 02/13/2013 9:59:00 AM PST by Alex Murphy ("If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all" - Isaiah 7:9)
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To: ExxonPatrolUs

It doesn’t matter. Not all Catholics are conservative. I know a little old woman who attends every church service she can, and twice if there are two services that day, but when it comes to Obama and democrats, even if they publicly came out and stated they were Satan’s minions, she would still vote for them.


15 posted on 02/13/2013 10:38:21 AM PST by Thorliveshere (Tais deau sá taghdedaul!)
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You, Bipolar Bob, feel compelled to use snobby words when a simple one would do. But maybe that was your bipolar nature, the one where you turn into a college professor. I don’t have a “homepage”, if you were referring to me. Alex reveals himself to be a knee-jerk anti-Catholic with a distinct taste for smartassedness....


16 posted on 02/13/2013 10:52:50 AM PST by Nabber
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To: Nabber
You, Bipolar Bob, feel compelled to use snobby words when a simple one would do.

That's funny. I do this because that is a Catholic MO . . . well . . . among the learned ones it is. There are quite a few well read Catholics with a wider vocabulary than mine so the irony of your post amuses me.

I don’t have a “homepage”, if you were referring to me.

Hey, you're not just another purty face are ya'?

Alex reveals himself to be a knee-jerk anti-Catholic with a distinct taste for smartassedness....

Not true. He posts the truth as he sees it. Just because you don't agree with it doesn't mean he's right or wrong - just different. What you call smartassedness is what I call clever. Have a good day.

19 posted on 02/13/2013 11:22:41 AM PST by BipolarBob (Happy Hunger Games! May the odds be ever in your favor.)
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Nabber: Alex reveals himself to be a knee-jerk anti-Catholic with a distinct taste for smartassedness....

BipolarBob: Not true. He posts the truth as he sees it. Just because you don't agree with it doesn't mean he's right or wrong - just different. What you call smartassedness is what I call clever.

Hey, don't forget to feed the narcissist!

20 posted on 02/13/2013 11:35:46 AM PST by Alex Murphy ("If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all" - Isaiah 7:9)
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To: Alex Murphy

sry, my mistake.


21 posted on 02/13/2013 11:41:58 AM PST by BipolarBob (Happy Hunger Games! May the odds be ever in your favor.)
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To: ExxonPatrolUs

I think “Catholic” is applied rather liberally. That’s like saying there are 300 million “Christians” in the USA. From a Muslim perspective, all Americans are “Christian”. I doubt there is anywhere near 500 million practicing catholics in Latin America. Most follow the religion of Marxist liberation doctrines, or just like us in the West, are little more than token Christians.


22 posted on 02/13/2013 3:52:24 PM PST by Sam Gamgee (May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't. - Patton)
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