How many Roman Catholics are there in the world?

francis132way_custom-8b24e2e87477737d548dcba429bd487fa3d65713-s6-c30According to BBC news there are over 1.2 billion: “There are an estimated 1.2 billion Roman Catholics in the world, according to Vatican figures. More than 40% of the world’s Catholics live in Latin America – but Africa has seen the biggest growth in Catholic congregations in recent years.”

However, I question this number for the following reason. In Catholic families, when a baby is born, it is baptized. At that point, as far as the Catholic church is concerned, the child is a Catholic and will remain a Catholic for the rest of his/her life unless excommunicated.

So, while the church may list over one billion members, how many are actually ‘Catholic’ meaning they actually attend a Catholic church somewhat regularly (more than Christmas and Easter). I posit that it may be only half or less of that number.

What are your thoughts?


3 thoughts on “How many Roman Catholics are there in the world?”

  1. I agree with you completely that they are stretching those numbers. I have to admit that I struggled with the subject of religion and what was really the truth. God reminded me that He judges the heart and that if we have followed the A, B, C’s; Admit to being a sinner, Believe in Jesus as our savior and Confess all of this to the world, then we are saved, but the true secret is what is in our heart. Anyone can do lip service, but if we really have done the A,B,C’s in our heart, then everyone will see it in our daily lives and in everything we talk about. He showed me that Heaven will be full of all types of Religions as long as they have Jesus in their heart!!!

  2. You left out one important part. “Repentance.” (Luke 13:5 [KJV])
    I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

    1. Yes, thank you for pointing that out. The A isn’t complete unless you “Admit and Repent”, they go hand in hand, so to speak. Until we can admit that we are sinners, then we won’t be willing to Repent.

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