Catholic population in PHL continues to grow — prelate PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 12 August 2013 11:10

A senior Catholic prelate said that the number of Catholics continues to grow.

In an interview, retired Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz cited the figures from the Catholic Directory of the Philippines, where it reported that Catholics in the country increased by over six million and now at 76,167,880 compared to the 70,407,588 from the year 2010-2011.

“Every year all parishes give statistical report to the bishop of the diocese. The diocese adds up all the report. What is in the report? How many baptisms, marriages, confirmations, ordinations etc.,” he explained.

Cruz added, “After it will go to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) and then they are added. The CBCP every year sends to Rome statistical report. Rome sends back the form to fill. That is why the CBCP has this report every year and you will see it published in the Catholic directory.”

The report also revealed that the number of baptism also increased from 1,216,077 in 2010-2011 to 1,369,145 in 2012-2013.

“Based on the 2012 to 2013 data many were baptized...now the question to me is this a sign of the growth of the Church? not necessarily. It can be because the population is growing. There are more Catholics now than before but you have to look at numbers in their totality,” Cruz said

However, the prelate said the Catholic Church has no way of monitoring those Catholics who sought other religions.

“Hindi nakamonitor yan pero ‘yung nadadagdag nakamonitor. Ang maganda dito sabi ko nga..dumadami ang binyag which to me is a very good sign,” Cruz said.

Asked on what is the advantage of the increasing number of Catholics. He said, “It means that the Catholic Church is very alive.”