From William Briggs Via Gloria TV.
Very interesting and somewhat long. Please go visit! Really worth it.
In other words, those denominations which are roughly “conservative” are strengthening, while those which are roughly “liberal” or “progressive” are weakening. And it doesn’t take a keen eye to see when the trouble started. With your finger, draw a vertical line at 1960 or so on each of these plots, and then allow yourself a slight “Ah.”
The outlook for Catholics is sparkling. That bump you saw in clergy is no artifact (perhaps the exact number is; no warranty on the data, but evidence elsewhere suggests the priesthood is reviving). The increase in members will continue with immigration and because while some Catholics rebel when it comes to birth control, few do so when it comes to killing off inconvenient fetuses. Plus with the gradual return to more traditional services, and given what we have seen, membership will likely increase.
He might be happy about those numbers, but I`m not.
We Catholics should be making converts, and we don't. We shouldn't be "holding our own" we should be multiplying in spades!
UPDATE at 12:07 pm: Replaced erroneous chart with correct one.