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To: Always Right

I have known equal numbers of Catholics, who left the Catholic faith to become Protestants, and Protestants who have left their faith to become my real life experience does not agree at all with your statement....

So I would like to see some facts and evidence to back up your assertion that many more Catholics defect to Protestant churches, than there are Protestants who defect to Catholic churches....

Not that actual numbers mean anything...what does mean something, is who has got their interpretations from the Bible correctly...

However, thanks in advance for any evidence or facts that you can present to prove your point....I like to see such assertions, backed up with facts and evidence, rather than with anecdotal stories, which is frankly, all I have to go on, anecdotal stores from my own life....if I relied on my own anecdotal stories from my own life, I would have to say that defections from Catholic to Protestant, and Protestant to Catholic, are about even, but you seem to state as fact, something quite different...

Also one must take into account that the reasons that one goes from one religion to another, are often many and varied, and are not always based on a newer or different understanding of Scriptures...sometimes the reason for the defection, is actually something quite least, that has been my real life experience, based of course, only on anecdotal stories...

16 posted on 05/01/2008 7:53:47 PM PDT by andysandmikesmom
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To: andysandmikesmom
It is hard to find statistics on this subject, but here is a couple of data points.  It is getting late, but I will look some more.

More Hispanics Leaving Catholicism for Evangelical Protestantism

SANTA MARIA (By Stan Oklobdzija, Santa Maria Times) February 20, 2006 — In immigrant communities across the United States, a battle is being waged for the souls of Hispanics - and a distinctly American style of worship is beginning to take hold. According to a landmark study, as many as 600,000 Hispanics in this country leave the Catholic Church every year in favor of Protestant evangelical churches.

Furthermore, of the approximately 30 percent of Hispanics nationwide who identify themselves as non-Catholic, the vast majority are affiliated with an evangelical or “born-again” church. Catholicism remains by far the largest religious denomination for U.S. Hispanics, but because Hispanics are the fastest-growing ethnic group in the United States, any shift in the way they worship promises to make a huge impact on America's religious landscape. Examples of this trend can be seen in the Santa Maria Valley as small storefront churches pop up in shopping centers and some Catholic priests report the loss of some members of their flocks.


And this site makes the claim, but I don't have access to the source:

Romeward Bound: Evaluating Why Protestants Convert to Catholicism

True, the number of Protestant converts to Catholicism is less than the other way around.[1] And there are less actual converts to Rome today than during previous points in the history of Catholicism.

[1] O'Neill, Dan, editor, "Introduction," The New Catholics: Contemporary Converts Tell Their Stories, (New York: The Crossroad Publishing Company, 1989), p. xi.

17 posted on 05/01/2008 8:21:29 PM PDT by Always Right (Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?)
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