Gallup data released today (April 9, 2018) shows that weekly church attendance among Catholics in the U.S. has been on a steep and steady decline over the past decade, according to t he UPI website.
Gallup's data found an average of 39 percent of Catholics reported attending church within the past seven days between 2014 and 2017, compared to 45 percent from 2005 to 2008.
The largest decrease in weekly church attendance among Catholics occurred between the 1950s and 1970s when it fell from nearly 75 percent to less than 50 percent.
Following this decline -- driven primarily by younger Catholics -- 49 percent of Catholics older than 60 reported attending church weekly between 2014 to 2017. "Older Catholics have become less likely to report attending church in the past seven days, so that now -- for the first time -- a majority of Catholics in no generation group attend weekly," Gallup said.