Study: As Number of Catholics Goes Up, Number of Priests Going Down
by Ryan Fitzgerald
As the number of Catholics in the world goes up, the number of priests is going down.
The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown, which specializes in social scientific studies on the Catholic Church, released a report yesterday titled "Global Catholicism: Trends & Forecasts." Its results look positive at first: The global Catholic population is rising. Overall, the number of Catholics worldwide rose 57 percent between 1980 to 2012 — 2012 being the most recent date for reliable numbers. Thirty five years ago, there were just more than 780 million Catholics in the world; three years ago, there were almost 1.23 billion.
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