Much more importantly than the statistical data, let us look at what Pope Benedict has said - that ways may be found around the hitherto watertight prohibition on communing divorced and remarried Catholics. That's a watershed statement.
Has there been any follow up?
That has always been pretty much left to the bishops and pastors in any given see. Some are much more strict than others.
The reality of that statement, seemingly so bland, actually tears at the religious lives of divorced/remarried Catholics.
In the 1950s my parents divorced and my Catholic father married again, a Catholic woman, but of course in a civil wedding only.
Both had been devout Catholics. he was a Sunday Mass-goer, she would go many weekday mornings. But come their marriage and their Church scorned them. Both were denied Communion. Neither was ever admitted to Confession again.
When they wanted to baptize their children, four of them, the Catholic parishes of this diocese refused under instructions from the Cardinal. They also refused to enrol the children in Catholic schools.
My stepmother beseeched the Virgin Mary for assistance. She helped. Their plight came to the ears of a priest in another diocese. He secretly baptized the 4 children.
When my mother died, 30 years after the civil wedding of my father and my stepmother, they presented themselves within a month of her death for a Catholic wedding. It took place.
But the damage is inestimable. My stepmother is content to go on saying the rosary at home. The children, now grown up, do not have a kind word for the Catholic Church.
And the irony of this anecdote. None of it would have happened if they had purchased a house 100 miles up the road in a diocese which would have communed them.