Holy mess: 11 million Irish Americans leave Catholic Church

By Niall O’Dowd

A new survey shows 34 million Americans, or 15 percent of the population, say they have no religion. Even more significant is that one-third of those, about 11 million people, are Irish Americans.
The survey by professors at Trinity College in Hartford, CT, does not explain why Irish Catholics are by far the highest number of people who are losing their religion every year in America. We can only surmise the reasons for this, but I have some definite ideas. Think church sex scandals. Let’s look at the timeline first.
The number of non-religious or “Nones” has nearly doubled between 1990 and now.

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