Wednesday, April 24, 2013

CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE OF THE PHILIPPINES CATHOLIC DIRECTORY OF THE PHILIPPINES STATISTICS

It is interesting that Malacañang and its surrogates wanted to find out about the standing of the Catholic Church in the Philippines as far as its membership is concerned. More fascinating however is that a survey agency as in fact contracted, commissioned, and paid for the purpose. But what is truly intriguing -- funny, hilarious, ridiculous -- is the supposedly expert and the professional conclusion incredibly arrived at. This: One of every 11 Catholics wants to change their religion, to affiliate themselves with non-catholic sects or the like, for one reason of another.

Just for the record in black and white, the CBCP publishes the thick annual Catholic Directory of the Philippines forwarding in black and white the particulars of every Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction from all of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Just for the record, among but some — and they are so many informational data found therein — the following concrete entries are specifically found therein:

YEAR 2010-2011:

a. TOTAL NO. OF POPULATION:
    88,887,382 

b. TOTAL NO. OF CATHOLICS:
    70,407,588 

c. TOTAL NO. OF PRIESTS:
    8,605 

Note: Total number of Baptism: 1,216,077 

YEAR 2012-2013:

a. TOTAL NO. OF POPULATION:
    96,871,813 

b. TOTAL NO. CATHOLICS:
    76,167,880 

c. TOTAL NO. OF PRIESTS:
    9,040 

Note: Total number of Baptism: 1,369,145

SUBMITTED BY: O.V. CRUZ, JCD
Judicial Vicar