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One third of German Catholics consider leaving the Church

Two weeks after the Catholic Church in Germany announced a record 272,771 people formally left the Catholic Church across the country in 2019, a new survey released Thursday says some 30% of the Church’s more than 22 million members are considering similar action.


The survey, conducted by the research institute INSA Consulere for the Catholic weekly newspaper Die Tagespost, shows that nearly a third of respondents agreed with the statement “I am a member of the Church and can imagine leaving the Church soon,” the Catholic News Agency reported. Some 54% of Catholics disagreed with the statement, 9% said they did not know, and 7% did not respond to the statement.

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