The Catholic University of America

Enrique Pumar, associate professor and chair, sociology, and native of Cuba, was quoted in an Atlantic article about Pope Francis's impact on Hispanic Catholics. Father Jude DeAngelo, University chaplain, and junior Greta Haussman were also quoted. See below.

Can Pope Francis Reverse the Decline of Hispanic Catholics?

From: Atlantic
Date: Sept. 21, 2015
Author: Priscilla Alvarez

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The shift is significant but perhaps not surprising. As Enrique Pumar, the chair of the sociology department at The Catholic University of America, explained to me: “The first (reason) is that there are other Christian churches that are making a concerted effort to basically practice and evangelize people in Latin America. The Catholic Church no longer has a monopoly. Today, people have options.”

 

He added that greater acceptance has also produced a cultural shift. In other words, it’s become acceptable within the Hispanic community to switch denominations. And, finally, many people are leaving institutionalized religions altogether. “They practice values on their own convenience,” Pumar said. “This is happening across the board with all religions.”

 

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