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Why are Latinos leaving the Catholic faith?




LOS ANGELES - APRIL 5:  A woman prays in Nuestra Senora Reina de Los Angeles Catholic Church which was founded in 1781 and is currently attended primarily by Latino immigrants. However, the number of Hispanic catholics is drastically dropping in size.
LOS ANGELES - APRIL 5: A woman prays in Nuestra Senora Reina de Los Angeles Catholic Church which was founded in 1781 and is currently attended primarily by Latino immigrants. However, the number of Hispanic catholics is drastically dropping in size.
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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.

Guests:

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