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Father Roger Landry is a priest of the Diocese of Fall River, Massachusetts.

COMMENTARY: Here are seven practical tips about praying for those who have chosen to stop, or drifted away from, the practice of the faith.

By Father Roger J. Landry, EWTN News, 11/4/19

On Oct. 17, the Pew Research Center released the results of a survey that showed that 65% of U.S. adults now say that they’re Christians, down 12 percentage points in just the last 10 years. Those describing themselves as atheists, agnostics and “nothing in particular” are now 26% of the population, up from 17% in 2009. And while Catholics were 23% of Americans a decade ago, they constitute today — despite large-scale immigration from Catholic countries — just 20% of the adult population.

These are staggering declines, and we have all seen the troubling consequences of these shifts. Many Catholic churches, schools, convents and seminaries are now shuttered. Masses in those parishes that have survived often have plenty of empty pews on Sundays.

Family members and friends whom we know and love are no longer practicing or believing. Most everyone recognizes that these are not anomalous blips, like an occasional down economic quarter for a major company; they are worrisome trends that give few signs of reversal.  ….