More Evidence on U.S. Catholic Church Attendance

Journal Article

Hadaway, Marler, and Chaves (1993) have recently argued that U.S. weekly church attendance is about one-half the rate that is commonly accepted. Regarding Catholics, their result was based on head-count data from only 18 dioceses. The present paper is based on data from a total of 48 Catholic dioceses containing approximately 38% of U.S. Catholics. The results are the same: The weekly attendance rate in this expanded set of dioceses is 26.7%. These results lend further empirical support to the notion that church attendance rates based on self-reports are substantially inflated.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Chaves, M; Cavendish, JC

Published Date

  • 1994

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 33 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 376 - 381

Published By

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-8294