As shown in the table below, 72% of Catholic converts cite marriage as an important reason for their switch in faith.The second most commonly cited important reason is finding a religion they like more.
And the answer, I’m afraid to say, is that they are mostly either married or in the seminary.
Monique Ocampo has a lovely Valentine’s day post on the plight of the single Catholic woman.
She includes some correspondence from one of her readers which I’m going to quote here because I think it is an excellent expression of what I’ve seen on the Catholic dating scene: Every Catholic guy I know is either dating, married, or a seminarian…
Hoge, a Presbyterian sociologist, noted that “past research on Catholic converts and dropouts is sketchy, since few studies have been done” (p. In recent years much new attention has been given to the dropouts—those who are raised in the faith but do not remain Catholic as adults (1, 2, 3, 4). In his own data collection in the 1980s Hoge found the most common path to conversion was marriage to a Catholic and this switch was most often facilitated by the spouse around the time of marriage.
In this post we focus on the converts joining the Church by compiling all of the recent research available to produce a robust and often surprising portrait. More recently, Pew’s Faith in Flux study indicates that a similar dynamic is still occurring today.