In this paper we explore data on Catholicism from the 2010 census in Brazil, as well as other data from the Center for Religious Statistics and Social Investigation. Using these statistics, we question those arguments that explain the reduction in the number of Catholics in Brazilian society as a problem in the institution’s adaptation in response to the challenges of evangelization, or as a lack of ministerial vocations to meet the religious demands of the people. Pursuing an alternative argument, we consider the weakening of the relationship between the Catholic institution and traditional popular Catholicism to be a fundamental aspect of this decline.
Steil, Carlos Alberto and Toniol, Rodrigo
"Strong Church, Weak Catholicism: Transformations in Brazilian Catholicism,"
Journal of Global Catholicism:
2, Article 2. p.4-29.
Available at: https://crossworks.holycross.edu/jgc/vol5/iss2/2
Anthropological Linguistics and Sociolinguistics Commons, Catholic Studies Commons, Christian Denominations and Sects Commons, Christianity Commons, Comparative Methodologies and Theories Commons, Cultural History Commons, Digital Humanities Commons, Gender and Sexuality Commons, History of Christianity Commons, History of Religion Commons, Inequality and Stratification Commons, Intellectual History Commons, Latin American Languages and Societies Commons, Latin American Studies Commons, Liturgy and Worship Commons, Missions and World Christianity Commons, Other Anthropology Commons, Other International and Area Studies Commons, Place and Environment Commons, Politics and Social Change Commons, Practical Theology Commons, Quantitative, Qualitative, Comparative, and Historical Methodologies Commons, Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies Commons, Regional Sociology Commons, Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion Commons, Rural Sociology Commons, Social and Cultural Anthropology Commons, Social History Commons, Sociology of Culture Commons, Sociology of Religion Commons, Spanish and Portuguese Language and Literature Commons