|Alexis and Dan|
My own experience as a priest of 38 years bears out the story these numbers tell.The number of marriages being celebrated in the Churchhas dropped nearly 60 percent since 1972
It is June — that time of year when many of us will be receiving wedding invitations. One thing that may have changed from years past is the likelihood that the address on that invitation is for a country club, beach or community center rather than a Catholic parish.
The number of marriages celebrated in the Church has fallen from 415,487 in 1972 to 168,400 in 2010 — a decrease of nearly 60 percent — while the U.S. Catholic population has increased by almost 17 million. To put this another way, this is a shift from 8.6 marriages per 1,000 U.S. Catholics in 1972 to 2.6 marriages per 1,000 Catholics in 2010.
(See the rest of Mark M. Gray's report in OSV Newsweekly)
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