Posts Tagged ‘demography’

Demographic forces beyond hierarchical control changing US church

Thursday, September 28th, 2023

If “demography is destiny,” then a certain narrative is baked into the data describing the Catholic Church in the United States. Change is the primary theme, the constant reality over decades. In today’s parlance, the church is often said to be at “an inflection point.” Such points certainly seem ubiquitous during the Francis papacy. Change Read more

Population control not needed

Friday, August 28th, 2015

Contrary to the fear mongering of the population alarmists, the world isn’t heading for a demographic catastrophe. The latest data on world population from the U.N. Population Division reveals a number of trends that seem to indicate otherwise. The following is PRI’s brief overview of some of the findings from the recently released 2015 Revision Read more

NZ bucks religiosity trend

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

New Zealand is one of only three countries in which religiosity is predicted to decline between now and 2050. The other two are France and the Netherlands. These are some of the predictions made by Washington-based think-tank, Pew Research Centre, in a recently published report. The report predicted that by 2050 In the Asia Pacific Read more

The curse of small families

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

We all know what’s coming. Everywhere in the developed world, populations are greying. The media are full of stories about the surge in the numbers of the elderly within the next 20 years, while governments have been pushing the age of retirement entitlements upward. Most of the spotlight has been on the new greybeards themselves—the Read more