Yes, and we are watching the influence of religion fall very hard and very fast. Their pride is bringing them down.
Notice the change in tone of the largest religious leader in the world? He sees it, so does most everyone else, except you
March 18, 2013.( Romereports.com
) A snapshot of the latest figures available on the world's Catholic population reaffirms what's been known for years, the growth of the Church is shifting East as it decreases in the West.
According to the 2012 Pontifical Yearbook, the most recent report on the status of the world's Catholics, there are 1.196 billion Catholics, or one of every six people in the world.
By looking at the top ten countries by Catholic population, you get an accurate breakdown of where most Catholics in the world live.
Half of the top ten are in the Americas, including three of the top four. Another three are in Europe, while, and one in Asia. Rounding out the top ten, and depending on who you ask, are one of two African countries with thriving Catholic communities.
Although that growth in Africa has been the most dramatic over the past few decades, the numbers in Asia are fast outpacing any of the other regions.
In 2010 alone, there were 40 million new Catholics in the Asian continent, twice as much as in the number of new Catholics in Africa that year.
But the growth in Asia and Africa is not just limited to population. The 2012 Yearkbook figures show the number of priests and consecrated persons from those two areas dwarf all others.
To help serve the pastoral needs of the Church in those fast growing areas, Asia added 1695 priests in 2010 compared to the previous year, while Africa added 761. By comparison, the Americas only added 40, while Europe was down 905.
When it comes to consecrated persons, Asia and Africa once again show the greatest increase compared to the year before. While all other areas showed negative or anemic growth.
The clout of these two areas has even been reflected in the College of Cardinals. During Benedict XVI's last consistory in November 2012, he created two cardinals from the Americas, one from Africa and three from Asia. http://cvcomment.org/2013/03/04/challenging-t...
Strong, sometimes spectacular, growth
In 1900 there were roughly 266 million Catholics in the world. This rose to 1,045 million by 2000. By 2010 there were 1,197 million, according to the 2012 edition of the Annuarium Statisticum Ecclesiae, the ‘Statistical Yearbook of the Church’. Over the last forty years, Catholics have consistently made up between 17 and 18pc of the world’s population; having been steadily about 17.3pc in recent years, they now are probably about 17.5pc. Current growth in the world’s Catholic population is slightly outpacing general population growth.
Peter Seewald was right to say to Pope Benedict, when interviewing him for 2010’s Light of the World, that:“Never before has the Catholic Church had more believers, never before such extension, literally to the ends of the earth.”
Critics of the Church habitually dismiss evidence for global growth by saying such growth is “only in the south”. Aside from the racist undertones to such comments, which seem to imply that it’s only ‘the West’ that matters, they ignore the crucial fact that global growth in general over the twentieth century was highest in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. To say that the Church is only growing in ‘the South’ is to say only that the Church is growing where the population is growing.
Latin America could fairly be described as the heartland of modern Catholicism, with more than 40 per cent of the world’s Catholic population coming from that continent — and that figure is even higher if we include the Latino populations of the US and Canada.