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Report: Spain: 36 percent claim to be practicing Catholics

August 23, 2007

From Catholic News Agency:

According to a survey conducted by the Investiga research firm, although 73.8 percent of Spaniards say they are Catholic, only 36 percent admit that they are practicing.

The study on “religious practice” surveyed 1,600 people over the age of 15. Of those interviewed, 73.8 percent said they are Catholic, 10.2 percent said they are indifferent to Catholicism, 9.7 percent said they are atheists, and 4.5 percent said they practice some other religion.

Likewise, the percentage of Catholic women who practice their faith, 45 percent, surpasses that of men at 29 percent. Of the rest of the men interviewed, 40.5 percent said they are Catholic but non-practicing; 12.8 percent said they are indifferent to the Catholic faith; 11.5 percent said they are atheists, while 4.2 percent said they practice some other religion.

Of the rest of the women, 33.9 percent are non-practicing Catholics, 7.2 percent said they are indifferent to the Catholic faith; 7.6 percent said they are atheists, while 4.8 percent said they practice some other religion.

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