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The Black Catholic Leadership in the 21st Century: Solidarity in Action

Research can be one of the tools in developing action plans. The following research is offered as background information.

Black Catholic Population

The African American population is today 12% of the total United States population, and it is and always has been overwhelmingly Protestant. Blacks are about 3% of the total Catholic population.

Today a century later, in the estimation of many the Black Catholic population in the United States is somewhere between two million and two million and a half. Some would even suggest that the number should be three million. Black Protestant churches are, or course, much larger than this. There are about eleven million members in the two Black Baptist Conventions, the National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc. and the National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. The Church of God in Christ, Inc. has about five and a half million. The African Methodist Episcopal Church numbers some three and a half million and the AME Zion Church has a million two hundred thousand members. Black Catholics are about fifth in this list of black churches.

Priests in the United States
  Diocesan Religious Total
Total Priests 30,572 16,939 16,939
Retired Priests 6,921 2,603 9,524
Percent Retired Priests 23% 15% 20%
Priests Active in Diocesan or Parish Ministry 22,394 4,621* 27,015
(Percent of Total Diocesan or Religious) Priests Who are Active in Diocesan or
Parish Ministry 73% 27%** 57%
Extern Priests 2,455   2,455

*Active in parish or diocesan ministry only. Another 9,715 religious priests (57 percent) are active in institutional ministry, internal ministry, or other apostolates.

**When all religious priests in active ministry whose religious community responded to the survey are included, 73 percent are in active ministry.

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