There Is No ‘Francis Effect’
May 14th, 2015

Or at least, not the kind that people say there is.

The next time someone pushes “the Francis Effect” around by way of explaining how super-duper awesome and popular Pope Tambourine the Holy Father is, please send them to this piece about how, just within the last couple years, the net attrition rate for American Catholics has increased.

This doesn’t prove that Francis is responsible for these losses, but at the very least it puts the lie to the idea that Francis has been the source of a resurgence for the Church as New York Times editors and anti-fracking environmentalists across our fruited plains suddenly lifted their hearts to Rome.

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