Religious Services Attendance

The Rev. Manuel Rodriguez sits in the pews of his church, Our Lady of Sorrows, in 2021, in the Queens borough of New York. A new survey by the Pew Research Center, Tuesday, , says in-person attendance at religious services in the U.S. declined during the COVID-19 pandemic. But Rodriguez says attendance is now higher at his Catholic church than before the pandemic, even though more than 100 of his parishioners died of COVID.

A “stable share” of Americans has participated in religious services in some way — virtually or in person — during the coronavirus pandemic, though in-person attendance is slightly lower than before the COVID-19 outbreak.

Those are among the key findings in a comprehensive report released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center titled: “How the Pandemic Has Affected Attendance at U.S. Religious Services.” The poll surveyed 11,377 U.S. adults in November last year. Its margin of error for the full sample of respondents is plus or minus 1.5 percentage points.

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Greg F

Could be people used that time to educate themselves and figured out that ol' Jebus was a fantasy that is as real as the tooth fairy.


Jesus is documented historically.

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