US Latinos less Catholic, more polarized on faith

Despite a boom in 2010 among Hispanics within the Catholic church, the number of U.S. Latinos who identify as Catholic has dropped 12 percentage points since.

NEW YORK (AP) â?? A new study finds more U.S. Latinos are leaving the Roman Catholic Church.

The Pew Research Center says the share of Latinos in the United States who say they're Catholic has dropped 12 percentage points since 2010. Most of those who left Catholicism either joined evangelical Protestant churches or left organized religion altogether.

It's not all bad news for the Catholic Church.

Fifty-five percent of the nation's Latinos still consider themselves Catholic. Latinos now make up about one-third of all adult Catholics in the U.S. And even with the losses, the U.S. church is expected to become majority Hispanic because the overall Latino population is still growing.

Still, large numbers are leaving the Catholic fold.

The survey of more than 5,100 adults was conducted a year ago and released Wednesday.

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