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“The Vatican is located 2,000 miles too far north”

posted by jmcgee

“By 2025, almost three-quarters of Catholics will live in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and that figure does not even count people of the global South living in the North–for instance, the 60 or 70 million U.S. residents who will then claim Latino origin. By 2050, the nations with the largest Catholic populations will be (in descending order): Brazil, Mexico, the Philippines, the United States, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, France, Italy, Nigeria and Argentina. All these projections have a sizable margin of error. The inclusion of France, for instance, is dubious when recent surveys show less than half of French people accept even a notional Catholic label. Surely, baptism alone does not make a Catholic for life? But the broad picture is beyond question. By 2050, the Catholic Church will be, overwhelmingly, a Southern institution. The Vatican, arguably, is located two thousand miles too far north.”

 – Phillip Jenkins, writing about a new book by the great John Allen, “The Future Church”

H/T to Rod.



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posted December 17, 2009 at 10:41 am


Having been born in the “south” I wonder if the faith there is miles wide but only an inch deep. Numbers alone do not indicate much. Mexico for example has a population that is about 89% Catholic and yet the culture is riddle with corruption, crime, murder and in state that has left that nation in the brink of failure and colapse. The Catholic faith means very little exept as a cultural background and the source of “folklore”. Otherwise society there is influenced by money, power and sex.



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