This issue, highlighted by a recent study from Pew Research, is one that could be helped through a wide-spread use of the Lampstand Criminal Reformation model inside and outside of prisons; as outlined in two of Lampstand’s books: “The Criminal’s Search For God: Criminal Transformation, Catholic Social Teaching, Deep Knowledge Leadership And Communal Reentry” available free as a Lampstand member (see blog About page for info) or from Amazon http://www.amazon.com/The-Criminals-Search-For-Transformation/dp/0979167027/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1402074326&sr=8-2&keywords=david+h+lukenbill
The second book is “The Lampstand Prison Ministry: Constructed On Catholic Social Teaching & the History of the Catholic Church” also free to members or from Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/The-Lampstand-Prison-Ministry-Constructed/dp/0979167086/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1402074426&sr=8-4&keywords=david+h+lukenbill
Criminals often play a substantial role as community leaders at the street level; and though that role can be corrosive to the community, the opportunity to evangelize among this population is one the Church, especially in the United States, could productively embrace.
An excerpt from the Pew News.
Most Hispanics in the United States continue to belong to the Roman Catholic Church. But the Catholic share of the Hispanic population is declining, while rising numbers of Hispanics are Protestant or unaffiliated with any religion. Indeed, nearly one-in-four Hispanic adults (24%) are now former Catholics, according to a major, nationwide survey of more than 5,000 Hispanics by the Pew Research Center. Together, these trends suggest that some religious polarization is taking place in the Hispanic community, with the shrinking majority of Hispanic Catholics holding the middle ground between two growing groups (evangelical Protestants and the unaffiliated) that are at opposite ends of the U.S. religious spectrum….
The share of Hispanics who are Catholic likely has been in decline for at least the last few decades. But as recently as 2010, Pew Research polling found that fully two-thirds of Hispanics (67%) were Catholic. That means the Catholic share has dropped by 12 percentage points in just the last four years, using Pew Research’s standard survey question about religious affiliation.
Pew Research: Religion & Public Life Project
The Shifting Religious Identity of Latinos in the United States: Nearly One-in-Four Latinos Are Former Catholics
May 7, 2014
Retrieved May 29, 2014 from http://www.pewforum.org/2014/05/07/the-shifting-religious-identity-of-latinos-in-the-united-states/