Hispanics in the country are increasingly turning away from the Catholic faith, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center.
The poll, done in 2013, found that 55 percent of the 1,023 Hispanic adults surveyed identified themselves as Catholic. In 2010, 67 percent said they were Catholic. Many of them either converted to evangelical Protestants or became religiously unaffiliated.
At the same time, the survey found that U.S. Catholic church members have become increasingly Hispanic, fueled by immigration trends.
Cary Funk, senior researcher at the Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project who worked on the report
Father Thomas Rausch, T. Marie Chilton Professor of Theology at Loyola Marymount University