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Hispanic Catholics differ with evangelicals – and with the church
Cathy Lynn Grossman, Religion News Service
May 08, 2014

Hispanic Catholics differ with evangelicals – and with the church

Hispanic Catholics differ with evangelicals – and with the church
Cathy Lynn Grossman, Religion News Service
May 08, 2014

The Pew Research Center’s look at “The Shifting Religious Identity of Latinos in the United States” examined their beliefs, behavior and views on social issues. It finds that, beyond the church doors in the lives of the faithful, there are distinct differences between Hispanic evangelicals and Hispanic Catholics.

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Graphic courtesy of Pew Research Center

2013 Religious Affiliation of Hispanics

Catholics are less likely than evangelicals to:

  • Attend services weekly – Catholic, 40 percent; evangelical, 71 percent

  • Pray daily – Catholic, 61 percent; evangelical, 84 percent

  • Take a literal view of the Bible – Catholic, 45 percent; evangelical, 63 percent

  • Think abortion should be illegal in all/most cases – Catholic, 54 percent; evangelical, 70 percent

  • Believe people can be possessed by spirits – Catholic, 56 percent; evangelical, 80 percent identify or lean Republican – Catholic, 21 percent; evangelical, 30 percent

And evangelicals are less likely than Catholics to:

  • Favor allowing same-sex marriage – evangelical, 19 percent; Catholic, 49 percent

  • Pray to saints – evangelical, 9 percent; Catholic, 70 percent

  • Prefer a bigger government with more services – evangelical, 62 percent; Catholic, 72 percent

  • Favor church leaders speaking out on political, social issues – Catholic, 69 percent; evangelical, 61 percent

Hispanic Catholics are also at odds with their church on several key points of doctrine and tradition. They say the church should allow:

  • Catholics to use birth control – 72 percent

  • Catholics to divorce – 64 percent

  • Priests to get married – 59 percent

  • Women to become priests – 55 percent

(EDITOR’S NOTE – Cathy Lynn Grossman is a senior national correspondent for Religion News Service, specializing in stories drawn from research and statistics on religion, spirituality and ethics, and manager for social media.)