The decline of Catholicism across Latin America

Currently, under 40% of the world's Catholics live in Latin America. Yet the influence of the Church is waning. For many Latin Americans, the historic leftism of the region – as well as a growing racial awareness and secular outlook – has upended generations of Catholic adherence.

Latin America has long been associated with Catholicism. For the first time in history, the head of the Church is a Latin American. To this day, Brazil and Mexico rank as the second and third most Catholic countries on earth, while the Church has shaped the region's social mores and politics.

Yet, the decline of Catholicism across Latin America can no longer be ignored, losing ground as it has for many reasons: the rise of Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed?