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« on: December 06, 2007, 11:12:47 PM »

Are there any published sources indicating the number of adults who convert to the Catholic church from other denominations in the United States and Canada on a yearly basis?

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« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2007, 11:27:41 PM »

I don't have official stats, but I have something from the SSPX (Society of St. Pius X) which says that before Vatican II, the number of adult converts to Catholicism in the U.S. was, at its peak, near 100,000 people.  Since then, the number has decreased to less than 10,000 on a yearly basis.

The pamphlet says "because statistics show..." However, it does not say what those statistics are or where they came from. 
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« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2007, 12:11:03 AM »

Well, according to this USA Today article, there were 161,000 converts to the US Church in 2002.

http://www.usatoday.com/life/2003-04-15-converts-main_x.htm

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The 2006 Official Catholic Directory reported 80,817 adults baptized in the Catholic Church and 73,684 coming into full communion [in 2005]. In addition, there were 943,264 infant baptisms.

So that would be 154,501 converts in 2005.

http://www.usccb.org/comm/archives/2007/07-054.shtml
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