"This afternoon, Bishop Sklba will be with us at 2:00 p.m., to preside at the Confirmation of 86 of our young people."Our parish's 2005 Status Animarum indicates that nine years before, in 2004, when these 11th graders were 2nd graders, 126 received First Communion.
That's over 30% attrition by my calculation, pretty much the same as last year.
The Pew Forum reported that nationwide
"Approximately one-third of the survey respondents who say they were raised Catholic no longer describe themselves as Catholic."I can't help but notice the similarity in those statistics.