New Canadians are keeping the Catholic faith alive
Anyone who has stepped inside a church in the last 40 years doesn’t need a nationwide poll to tell them that the most religious Canadians are the newest Canadians. Immigrants are driving the bus for almost every faith community in Canada, but none more-so than Catholics.
“If you do a breakdown of immigrants to Canada by religion, the Catholic Church has benefitted the most from immigration,” said St. Jerome’s College, University of Waterloo, sociologist of religion David Seljak. “While Protestant denominations have declined, the Roman Catholic Church has grown slightly or maintained its own in the census, largely because of immigration.”A