In the past year, more people have left the Catholic Church than ever before. 359,338 Catholics turned their backs on their church in 2021 alone, as the German Bishops’ Conference (DBK) announced on Monday in Bonn. This is a new negative record.
“For us, this is the highest number so far,” said DBK spokesman Matthias Kopp. The Catholic Church still had 21,645,875 members – that is 26 percent of the total population.