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Catholic USA - 26.20% - - 1990 Kosmin, B. & S. Lachman. One Nation Under God: Religion in Contemporary American Society; Harmony Books: New York (1993); pg. 88-93. Table 3-1: Religious Composition of State Populations, 1990 (%). Self-identification of religious loyalty, phone survey w/ 113,000 people; by City U. of New York.
Catholic USA 57,000,000 - - - 1990 Russell, Chandler. Racing Toward 2001; Zondervan Publishing House: Grand Rapids, MI (1992); pg. 168. "Between 1970 and 1990, the number of American priests dropped from 59,000 to 53,500. But the U.S. Catholic population increased by more than 7 million. Now 57 million strong, the church is adding 2 million members each year. "
Catholic USA - 28.00% - - 1990 Russell, Chandler. Racing Toward 2001; Zondervan Publishing House: Grand Rapids, MI (1992). [Orig. source: David Briggs, "Religious Groups Test Political Waters, " Associated Press, 14 Dec. 1990]; pg. 169. -
Catholic USA - 25.00% - - 1991 Statistical Abstract of the United States, 1997, 117th Edition. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of Commerce (Oct. 1997). [Orig. source: Religion in America, Princeton, NJ: Princeton Religion Research Center (1996). Based on surveys conducted by The Gallup Organization, Inc.]; pg. 70. Table: "No. 86. Religious Preference, Church Membership, and Attendance: 1980 to 1995 "; "Covers civilian noninstitutional population, 18 yrs. old and over. Data represent averages of the combined results of several surveys during year or period indicated.]; 5 categories: "Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Other, None "
Catholic USA 58,267,424 - 19,971
units
- 1991 Bedell, Kenneth (ed.). Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches 1993. Abingdon Press: Nashville, Tenn (1993); pg. 248-255. Table 2: US Current Stats. (# of adherents from "inclusive membership " column, not sometimes smaller "full communicant " col.) Listed in table as "Roman Catholic Church. "
Catholic USA - 26.00% - - 1992 Statistical Abstract of the United States, 1997, 117th Edition. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of Commerce (Oct. 1997). [Orig. source: Religion in America, Princeton, NJ: Princeton Religion Research Center (1996). Based on surveys conducted by The Gallup Organization, Inc.]; pg. 70. Table: "No. 86. Religious Preference, Church Membership, and Attendance: 1980 to 1995 "; "Covers civilian noninstitutional population, 18 yrs. old and over. Data represent averages of the combined results of several surveys during year or period indicated.]; 5 categories: "Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Other, None "
Catholic USA 58,568,016 - - - 1992 Chalfant, H. Paul, et al. Religion in Contemporary Society (3rd Ed.); Itasca, Illinois: F.E. Peacock Publishers (1994). [Source: Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches, 1992.]; pg. 165. "Table 6.1: Membership in Major Faiths in the U.S., 1989-1992 "; Inclusive membership.
Catholic USA - 30.00% - - 1992 Goring, Rosemary (ed). Larousse Dictionary of Beliefs & Religions (Larousse: 1994); pg. 581-584. Table: "Population Distribution of Major Beliefs "; "Figures have been compiled from the most accurate recent available information and are in most cases correct to the nearest 1% "
Catholic USA 56,000,000 - - - 1992 Russell, Chandler. Racing Toward 2001; Zondervan Publishing House: Grand Rapids, MI (1992). [Original sources: University of Massachusetts; National Council of Churches; denominational officials; American Jewish Yearbook.]; pg. 189. Table: "Some Major Religious Groups in the United States "
Catholic USA - 26.00% - - 1992 *LINK* web site: Princeton Religion Research Center: "Gallup Religion Data " (Dec 1998) Table: "Religious Preference -- National "; Gallup poll question: "What is your religious preference - Protestant, Roman Catholic, Jewish or an Orthodox religion such as the Greek or Russian Orthodox Church? "
Catholic USA - 28.00% - - 1992 Wolff, Michael. Where We Stand: Can America Make it in the Global Race for Wealth, Health, and Happiness? Bantam Books: New York (1992); pg. 206-207. Chart
Catholic USA - 26.00% - - 1993 Statistical Abstract of the United States, 1997, 117th Edition. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of Commerce (Oct. 1997). [Orig. source: Religion in America, Princeton, NJ: Princeton Religion Research Center (1996). Based on surveys conducted by The Gallup Organization, Inc.]; pg. 70. Table: "No. 86. Religious Preference, Church Membership, and Attendance: 1980 to 1995 "; "Covers civilian noninstitutional population, 18 yrs. old and over. Data represent averages of the combined results of several surveys during year or period indicated.]; 5 categories: "Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Other, None "
Catholic USA - 30.00% - - 1993 O'Brien, J. & M. Palmer. The State of Religion Atlas. Simon & Schuster: New York (1993); pg. 36-37. "Religious make-up of USA: percentages early 1990s (Sources: D.B. Barrett, ed. World Christian Encyclopedia, 1982) " Protestant: 52%; Roman Catholic: 30%; Orthodox Christian: 2.2%; marginal Christian: 3.6%; Jewish: 3.2%; other: 2.3%; non-religious: 6.7%.
Catholic USA - 26.00% - - 1993 *LINK* web site: Princeton Religion Research Center: "Gallup Religion Data " (Dec 1998) Table: "Religious Preference -- National "; Gallup poll question: "What is your religious preference - Protestant, Roman Catholic, Jewish or an Orthodox religion such as the Greek or Russian Orthodox Church? "
Catholic USA - 26.00% - - 1994 Neusner, Jacob (ed). World Religions in America: An Introduction; Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox Press (1994); pg. 2. "Another 26% are [of Americans] are Roman Catholics. "
Catholic USA - 25.00% - - 1994 Neusner, Jacob (ed). World Religions in America: An Introduction; Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox Press (1994); pg. 94. "About a quarter of the American population is Catholic "
Catholic USA 60,000,000 - - - 1994 Reeves, Thomas C. Twentieth Century America: A Brief History. New York: Oxford University Press (2000); pg. 284. "The Roman Catholics, bouyed by Hispanic immigration, passed the 60-million member mark. "
Catholic USA - 24.00% - - 1994 *LINK* web site: Princeton Religion Research Center: "Gallup Religion Data " (Dec 1998) Table: "Religious Preference -- National "; Gallup poll question: "What is your religious preference - Protestant, Roman Catholic, Jewish or an Orthodox religion such as the Greek or Russian Orthodox Church? "
Catholic USA 59,900,000 - - - 1995 1995 Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches -
Catholic USA - 25.00% - - 1995 Statistical Abstract of the United States, 1997, 117th Edition. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of Commerce (Oct. 1997). [Orig. source: Religion in America, Princeton, NJ: Princeton Religion Research Center (1996). Based on surveys conducted by The Gallup Organization, Inc.]; pg. 70. Table: "No. 86. Religious Preference, Church Membership, and Attendance: 1980 to 1995 "; "Covers civilian noninstitutional population, 18 yrs. old and over. Data represent averages of the combined results of several surveys during year or period indicated.]; 5 categories: "Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Other, None "
Catholic USA 55,259,000 - - - 1995 Ash, Russell. The Top 10 of Everything 1999. New York: DK Publishing (1998); pg. 76. Table: "Top 10 Fastest-Growing Religious Affiliations in the US "; "Based on increases/decreases between 1970 and 1995 "; Rank: #8; 14.2% growth. Listed in table as 'Roman Catholic'
Catholic USA 55,259,000 - - - 1995 Ash, Russell. The Top 10 of Everything, DK Publishing, Inc.: New York (1997); pg. 160-161. List: "Fastest Growing Religious Affiliations in the US " (Based on increase/decrease in membership between 1970 and 1995).
Catholic USA 60,000,000 - - - 1995 Johnson, Paul. A History of the American People; New York: Haprer Collins (1997). [Orig. source: Bedell, K. B. (ed.) "Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches 1996 " (Nashville 1996)]; pg. 969. "By contrast, the Roman Catholics, who had been America's biggest single denomination since 1890, numbered over 60 million in the mid-1990s, the Southern Baptists 16.6 million, and the Mormons 4.1 million. "
Catholic USA 60,000,000 - 20,000
units
- 1995 Magida, Arthur J. (ed). How to be a Perfect Stranger: A Guide to Etiquette in Other People's Religious Ceremonies. Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Publishing (1996); pg. 350. "Roman Catholicism has about 900 million in 2,000 dioceses around the world.; U.S. churches:: 20,000; U.S. membership: 60 million (data from the 1995 Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches) "
Catholic USA - 29.00% - - 1995 *LINK* Roof, Wade Clark. "Religious Kaleidoscope: American Religion in the 1990s " in Temenos 32 (1996), 183-193. (Viewed online, Temenos web site, 30 Jan. 1999). "While Protestantism is declining in numbers, Catholicism is growing. At mid-century the proportion of Catholics in the country was about 24%; by the 1990s that proportion was 28 or 29%, expanding at about the same pace as Protestants are declining. "
Catholic USA - 25.00% - - 1995 *LINK* web page: "Principle Denominations in the U.S. "; web site: "Supporting Materials: Culture " (Slippery Rock Univ., PA). (viewed 31 Aug. 1999). Last Revised: 12-1-95 Pie chart: "Principal U.S. Denominations "; R. Catholic 25%; Baptist 21%; Methodist 12%; Lutheran 8%; Other "
Catholic USA 60,280,456 - 19,726
units
- 1995 *LINK* web site for Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches (accessed 1998); [Orig. source: Source: Kenneth B. Bedell, editor, Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches, annual.] Table: 1997 Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches: U.S. Religious Bodies with more than 60,000 Members "; "...prepared for the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census... for the 1997 edition of the Statistical Abstract of the U.S. "
Catholic USA - 27.00% - - 1995 *LINK* web site: Princeton Religion Research Center: "Gallup Religion Data " (Dec 1998) Table: "Religious Preference -- National "; Gallup poll question: "What is your religious preference - Protestant, Roman Catholic, Jewish or an Orthodox religion such as the Greek or Russian Orthodox Church? "
Catholic USA 59,950,000 - - - 1996 1997 Britannica Book of the Year; pg. 781-783. Table: "Religion ": Divided by nations, with 2 columns: "Religious affiliation " & "1996 pop. " [of that religion]. Based on best avail. figures, whether census data, membership figures or estimates by analysts, as % of est. 1996 midyear pop.
Catholic USA 60,280,456 22.80% 19,726
units
- 1996 1998 Catholic Almanac: Our Sunday Visitor: USA (1997); pg. 432-437. Tables: "Catholic Population of the United States " and "Percentage of Catholics in Total Population in U.S. "
Catholic USA 60,280,456 - 19,726
units
- 1996 World Almanac and Book of Facts 1998; K-III Reference Corp.: Macwah, NJ (1997). [Orig. sources: 1997 Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches; World Almanac research]; pg. 651. Table: "Membership of Religious Groups in U.S. "; Membership figs. generally based on reports from officials by each group. Figs. are inclusive: refer to all "members, " not simply full communicants.
Catholic USA 59,000,000 - - - 1996 *LINK* Web site: "Arabic Paper "; web page: "Statistics of Muslims in the USA and around the World " (viewed 15 June 1999). [Written 1998.] Table: "USA by denomination in millions " [for 1996]
Catholic USA - 25.00% - - 1996 *LINK* web site: Princeton Religion Research Center: "Gallup Religion Data " (Dec 1998) Table: "Religious Preference -- National "; Gallup poll question: "What is your religious preference - Protestant, Roman Catholic, Jewish or an Orthodox religion such as the Greek or Russian Orthodox Church? "
Catholic USA 61,207,912 23.00% 19,677
units
- 1997 1998 Catholic Almanac: Our Sunday Visitor: USA (1997); pg. 432-437. Tables: "Catholic Population of the United States " and "Percentage of Catholics in Total Population in U.S. "
Catholic USA 59,450,000 - - - 1997 Ash, Russell. The Top 10 of Everything, DK Publishing, Inc.: New York (1997); pg. 160-161. List: "Top 10 Religious Affiliations in the US "; (Rank: 2)
Catholic USA 75,027,336 28.00% - - 1997 *LINK* CIA World Factbook web site (viewed Aug. 1998) Total population: 267,954,764 (1997 est.). Protestant 56%, Roman Catholic 28%, Jewish 2%, other 4%, none 10% (1989)
Catholic USA 58,078,000 - - - 1997 *LINK* Zenit. "DOSSIER: BRAZIL AND MEXICO HAVE LARGEST NUMBER OF CATHOLICS " on "Zenit News Agency " web site (online Catholic news); Archives: 13 June 1999 (ZE99061302). (Viewed 19 June 1999). "The country in the world with the largest number of Catholics is Brazil... followed by Mexico... the Philippines... the United States, with 58,078 million, and Italy, with 55,916 million. These are some of the figures given in the latest edition of the Church's Statistical Yearbook for 1997... "
Catholic USA 61,207,912 - 22,758
units
- 1998 World Almanac and Book of Facts 2000. Mahwah, NJ: PRIMEDIA Reference Inc. (1999). [Orig. sources: 1999 Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches; World Almanac research]; pg. 692. Table: "Membership of Religious Groups in U.S. "; Based on reports from officials by each group. Figs. inclusive; refer to all "members ". Listed as Roman Catholic Church
Catholic USA 61,207,912 - - - 1998 Ash, Russell. The Top 10 of Everything 1999. New York: DK Publishing (1998). [Original source: 1998 Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches]; pg. 77. Table: "Top 10 Christian Denominations in the US "; Rank: #1
Catholic USA 67,600,000 26.00% - - 1998 Gall, Timothy L. (ed). Worldmark Encyclopedia of Culture & Daily Life: Vol. 2 - Americas. Cleveland, OH: Eastword Publications Development (1998); pg. 32, 34. "Americans: Location: United States; Population: 260 million "; "Over 26% of the population [of US] is Roman Catholic, while another 63% are Protestant or non-denominational Christian. "
Catholic USA 60,927,000 - - - 1998 McCourt, Frank. "God in America " in Life (Dec. 1998); pg. 66. "Last year, 927,000 Americans joined 60 million of their countrymen in the Catholic flock. "
Catholic USA - 28.00% - - 1998 *LINK* Nazarene web site: Nazarene World Mission Society; (major source: Johnstone's Operation World) Table "Religions "
Catholic USA 61,563,768 - - - 1998 *LINK* Stack, Peggy Fletcher (compiler). "Worldview?" subtitle: "Catholic Numbers Rising " in Salt Lake Tribune, June 5, 1999 (viewed online 11 June 1999). [Orig. source: Associated Press] "Catholics account for 23 percent of the U.S. population, according to the 1999 edition of the 'Official Catholic Directory.' Current membership is 62,018,436, an increase of 454,667, or less than 1 percent over 1998. "
Catholic USA 60,191,000 - - - 1998 *LINK* web site: Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance (viewed circa Nov. 1998); "last updated October 1998 " Table: "Christian Organizations "; "Membership numbers, as supplied by various denominations "
Catholic USA 60,191,000 - - - 1998 *LINK* web site: Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance (viewed circa Nov. 1998); "last updated October 1998 " Table: "Largest Religious Groups: The 16 US faith groups and ethical systems with memberships over 1 million are: "
Catholic USA 59,200,000 22.00% - - 1999 "More is Less " in Dallas Morning News, 25 Sept. 1999. [Source: Texas Catholic]; pg. G1. "The U.S. Catholic population has reached 59.2 million... Overall, Catholic make up 22% of the nation. "
Catholic USA 60,000,000 - - - 1999 *LINK* Arave, Lynn. "Catholics prosper in 'Mormon Vatican,' deacon says " in Deseret News, 28 Aug. 1999. (viewed online 31 Aug. 1999). "There are... more than 60 million members in the United States. "
Catholic USA 61,500,000 - - - 1999 *LINK* Spartos, Carlos. "Practical Piety: A Guide for the Perplexed " in Village Voice (New York), Jan. 27-Feb. 2, 1999; (viewed online, 29 Jan. 1999) "Roman Catholic Church... Membership: U.S.: 61.5 million. World: 976 million. "
Catholic USA 62,018,436 - - - 1999 *LINK* Stack, Peggy Fletcher (compiler). "World View: Largest U.S. Churches " in Salt Lake Tribune (26 Feb 2000) [Original source: Religion News Service] "The Roman Catholic Church, Southern Baptist Convention and United Methodist Church remain the nation's largest church bodies, reports the new edition of the Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches. The membership totals for the top three denominations are reported as follows: Roman Catholic Church, 62,018,436; Southern Baptist Convention, 15,729,356; United Methodist Church, 8,400,000. "
Catholic USA 62,018,436 23.00% - - 1999 *LINK* Stack, Peggy Fletcher (compiler). "Worldview?" subtitle: "Catholic Numbers Rising " in Salt Lake Tribune, June 5, 1999 (viewed online 11 June 1999). [Orig. source: Associated Press] "Catholics account for 23 percent of the U.S. population, according to the 1999 edition of the 'Official Catholic Directory.' Current membership is 62,018,436? "
Catholic USA 62,000,000 - - - 1999 *LINK* Tucker, Ernest. "Memberships are stabilizing, says council of churches " in Chicago Sun Times (18 Feb 2000) "The Roman Catholic church which reported about 62 million members, returned to the 1.5 percent annual growth rate it posted two years ago. "
Catholic USA - - - - 2000 Hinckley, Gordon B. Standing for Something: Ten Neglected Virtues That Will Heal Our Hearts and Homes. New York: Random House (2000); pg. xxiii. "Men and women of all denominations have helpe settle this land--Catholics and Protestants, Jews and Greeks, Muslims and Hindus. "
Catholic USA 26,000,000 - - - 2000 *LINK* Winston, Kimberly. "Fantastic journeys: Mormon authors say faith informs their science fiction " in Dallas Morning News (21 Oct 2000) "...Catholicism, which has 26 million baptized followers in the United States... "
Catholic USA - blacks 2,000,000 6.06% - - 1990 Gall, Timothy L. (ed). Worldmark Encyclopedia of Culture & Daily Life: Vol. 2 - Americas. Cleveland, OH: Eastword Publications Development (1998); pg. 11. Chapter: "African Americans "; "Location: United States; Population: 33 million "; "Roman Catholicism (with a black membership of two million in 1990) and the Nation of Islam both claim large black followings... "
Catholic USA - East - 37.00% - - 1996 *LINK* web site: Princeton Religion Research Center: "Gallup Religion Data " (Dec 1998) Tables: "Religious Preference -- Regional "; the East: West Virginia, Pa., Maryland, Del., N.J., N.Y., Conn., R.I., Mass., N.H., Vermont, Maine, Washington D.C.; latest Gallup poll data. Question: "What is your religious preference - Protestant, Roman Catholic, Jewish or an Orthodox religion such as the Greek or Russian Orthodox Church? "
Catholic USA - gay and lesbian - - - - 1995 Witt, Lynn; S. Thomas & Eric Marcus (ed.) Out in All Directions: A Treasury of Gay and Lesbian America. New York: Warner Books (1995); pg. 31. "A History of Lesbian and Gay Ordination... The Roman Catholic Church and the Southern Baptist Convention still do not ordain women as clergy... the Catholic hierarchy refuses to allow Dignity (the lesbian and gay Catholic organization) worship in Catholic parishes. "
Catholic USA - gay and lesbian - - - - 1995 Witt, Lynn; S. Thomas & Eric Marcus (ed.) Out in All Directions: A Treasury of Gay and Lesbian America. New York: Warner Books (1995); pg. 315. Table: "Gay and lesbian spiritual organizations within major Christian denominations "; 8 groups listed, for major denominational families, including: Dignity (Catholics)
Catholic USA - Middle Colonies - 4.20% - - 1776 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997); pg. 29-30. Table 2.1: "Denominational Percentages by Region, 1776, Based on Number of Congregations "; Total Num. of congreg: 1,285.
Catholic USA - Midwest - 28.00% - - 1996 *LINK* web site: Princeton Religion Research Center: "Gallup Religion Data " (Dec 1998) Tables: "Religious Preference -- Regional "; the Midwest: No. Dakota, So. Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minn., Iowa, Missouri, Wis., Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio; latest Gallup poll data. Question: "What is your religious preference - Protestant, Roman Catholic, Jewish or an Orthodox religion such as the Greek or Russian Orthodox Church? "
Catholic USA - military - 13.00% - - 1999 *LINK* Elsasser, Glen (Chicago Tribune). "Military takes note of religious practices " in Detroit Free Press, 8 July 1999 (viewed 10 July 1999). "Of the incoming military who do declare a religious preference, roughly 53% are members of a Protestant denomination; 32%, Roman Catholic; and 13%, Christian but of no particular denomination. "
Catholic USA - South - 0.10% - - 1776 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997); pg. 29-30. Table 2.1: "Denominational Percentages by Region, 1776, Based on Number of Congregations "; Total Num. of congreg: 845.
Catholic USA - South - - - - 1992 Finke, Roger & Rodney Stark. The Churching of America, 1776-1990. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press (1992; 3rd printing 1997); pg. 114. "Notable is the tiny Catholic population in the South, where few immigrants settled. Even today, Catholics make up only a tiny proportion of the population of southern states, other than Louisiana. "
Catholic USA - South - 15.00% - - 1996 *LINK* web site: Princeton Religion Research Center: "Gallup Religion Data " (Dec 1998) Tables: "Religious Preference -- Regional "; the South: Oklahoma, Texas, Ark., Louisiana, Miss., Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Tenn., Ky., Va., N.C., S.C.; latest Gallup poll data. Question: "What is your religious preference - Protestant, Roman Catholic, Jewish or an Orthodox religion such as the Greek or Russian Orthodox Church? "
Catholic USA - Spanish-speaking - 15.00% - - 1969 Marty, Martin E. Pilgrims in Their Own Land: 500 Years of Religion in America. Boston: Little, Brown and Co. (1984); pg. 448. "A National Council of Churches leader, Dr. Jorge Lara-Braud, estimated that among the Spanish-speaking people in America, only 15% were Roman Catholic, 5% were Protestant, and the rest remained unaffiliated. "
Catholic USA - Spanish-speaking - 77.00% - - 1977 Greeley, Andrew M. The Catholic Myth: The Behavior and Beliefs of American Catholics. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons (1990); pg. 121. "In the first five years of the GSS (1972-77), 16% of Spanish origin respondents were Protestant (and 7% some other religion or no religion)... Thus in the early seventies 77% of the Hispanics were Catholic. "


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