If you peruse through New Ways Ministry’s posts on this blog, one recurring opinion that you will encounter is how much harm negative messages from Catholic leaders harm LGBTQ people and their allies. A new report, however, also identifies another victim of anti-LGBTQ language and policies coming from church leaders: the Church itself.
This past week, the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) released areport about the growing number of “nones” in the U.S.: people who profess no religious affiliation or have renounced a previous religious affiliation. So, when asked about their religious identity, the simplest answer would be “none.” The new PRRI report shows that the “nones” have increased from 5% of the population in 1972 to 25% of the population in 2016, and that currently almost 40% of adults ages 18-29 identify as “nones.”
Source: Bondings 2.0