Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 9 years ago

Do you think the Catholic religion is dying out?

Due to all the molested children speaking out and exposing corrupt preists, do you think more people will become atheists/change religion?

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  • 9 years ago
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    You can trick yourself into believing we are but we aren't. 1.2 billion strong and still growing rapidly in Africa and Asia.


    The U.S. Department of health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families report "Child Maltreatment 2006" states that sexual abuse by Catholic clergy was less than one-half of one percent of all cases.

    The report states that the perpetrators relationship to the victim was:

    29.1% were Other Relatives

    26.2% were Parents

    24.4% were Others

    6.9% were Unknown or Missing People

    6.1% were Unmarried Partners of Parent

    4.4% were Friends or Neighbors

    1.8% were Child Daycare Providers

    0.5% were Other Professionals

    0.3% were Foster Parents

    0.3% were Residential Facility Staff

    0.1% were Legal Guardians

    All clergy is a subset of Other Professionals and Catholic clergy is a subset of all clergy.

    Here is the complete document:

    The 2009 Annual Report prepared by the Catholic bishops identifies 14 allegations of childhood sexual abuse in the U.S. Catholic Church in the 10 years from 2000 to 2009. Please note that there were 65,600,000 Catholics in the U.S. in 2010.

    The 2007 Associated Press investigation identifies 2,570 public school teachers who, from 2001 through 2005, had their teaching licenses "taken away, denied, surrendered voluntarily, or restricted" because of sexual misconduct with minors.

    Here is George Weigel's column detailing the Media's feeding frenzy on the Catholic Church:

    Here is Father Thomas Brundage's account (he was the judge) of the trial of Father Lawrence Murphy and the misreporting of the media:

    Newsweek: Priests seem to abuse children at the same rate as everyone else.

    77% of child abusers of the 4000 studied are MARRIED. there are millions (literally) of teachers that abuse children.

    http://www.childmolestationprevention.or… (regarding myths about sexual abuse)

  • 9 years ago

    Dying out? No. We're just getting started, if you ask me.

    As of Dec. 31, 2008, the Catholic Church had a membership totaling 1.166 billion people. This was an increase of 11.54% since 2000, which totaled 1.031 billion, and a 266.82% increase since 1950, which totaled 437 million.

    This equals about 17% of the world population, around as much as Sunni Islam, which stands about at 18.4% of the world population.


  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Many people will change. Some will eventually change back. We are not keeping up with population growth in the West, but we are not decreasing. Outside the West the growth is unbelievable.

    Perhaps to Western Culture we will no longer be a force even though on a world wide basis we will be thriving. I can imagine that. I still imagine a strong American Catholicism at least half the size it is now. That population and its ideas might be irrelevant to society, though.

    I can't imagine it worse than that and I doubt it will get that bad. Ask me again when an African is made Pope.

  • 9 years ago

    I don't think so! I'm a Catholic and love my religion! I wouldn't even consider changing it. I think it all depends on where your from. I haven't heard anything about "corrupt priests" until maybe a few days ago. Because where I'm from, that's unheard of. Catholicism of the biggest religions and is the root of Christianity.

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  • 9 years ago

    Actually the Church is growing at a greater rate than ever. I think it is because our Lord is gathering His sheep.

    There have always been evil people within the Church for its entire 2000 year history. We were warned that he Churhc would be under attack from within and from without and those of us who are strong in Scripture know that this is simply evidence of this prophetic warning. But Jesus gave us assurance when He said that the gates of hell will never prevail against the Church.

    When I hear this kind of criticism I am always reminded of what St. Peter said when queried by Christ as to whether He was going to leave after so many of Christ's followers had done at the Synagogue at Capernaum following Christ's hard teaching of the necessity and reality of eating His Body and drinking His Blood for eternal life. St. Peter replied, "where else shall we go as you have the words of eternal life". The only true choice for Catholic Christians, as it was for St. Peter and the others, is to become atheists as there is nowhere else for one of faith and knowledge of Christ to go. There is nowhere else that a Catholic Christian can go for the assurance of sound teaching and to receive the blessed Sacrament which is a truth that St. Peter knew when he responded to our Lord. We make the same statement when we remain true to our faith when doubt attacks us, our faith wavers or our knowledge is insufficient. At these times we do not trust in ourselves but He who saved us and placed us in the ark of the Church.

    For the Catholic Christian we know that the source of our faith is Christ and that the source of His truth is His Church. If we deny this then evil has indeed prevailed and triumphed in our hearts attacking our faith. At these times we simply give up to Christ our pains and worries and trust in Him to indeed keep His promise that His Church will prevail for all times and remain the "pillar and foundation of the truth. Lord you are with us as you promised and comfort us when attacked by evil and will not fail to keep your promises about your Church to us who believe and trust in you. God bless you for this question.

    In Christ

    Fr. Joseph

  • 9 years ago

    I am glad corrupt priests are removed, that is wonderful. If someone leaves the Church because of a bad priest or bishop, they didn't care about the Church in the first place. You think I am Catholic because I believe every priest and bishop is perfect? Of course not! I am Catholic because of the Church's teachings, because of her history, because of her beauty, because of Christ!

    The Church will never die.

    Christo et Ecclesiae!

    Source(s): Young Catholic
  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    go to school teacher /scandals and see if public school teachers will ever die out

    with no one speaking out about the sexual abuse on children in the u.s.a.

  • 9 years ago

    No it is far from dying out. You should count them all. New Account very first question. Seems like a trolling attempt that did not make it

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Its has been corrupted and everyone is following a false version of Christs teachings.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    It would be like jumping from the frying pn into the fire. Atheists also molest children.

    It's a miracle that the Catholic church survived the Middle ages.

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