Muslims Outnumber Catholics

Drudge Report has a link to a story claiming that members of Islam now outnumber members of the Catholic faith. The Vatican made the announcement in which is asserts that 19.2% of the world’s population is Muslim while 17.4% are Catholic. The Vatican also believes that if all Christians (Protestants, Anglicans, Orthodox were considered, the number would be about 33% of the world’s population.

But perhaps the most profound revelation was that, “while the number of Catholics as a proportion of the world’s population was fairly stable, the percentage of Muslims was growing because of higher birth rates.”

The debate over changing demographics and birth rates has actually been a topic of discussion for some time now among population gurus. In April, 2007, we featured a very interesting article titled, The Four Major Transformations, written by Herbert Meyer. Take some time to re-read and cast your thoughts on the topic.


  1. Another good book to read about this is Pat Buchannan’s Death of the West.

  2. Unfortunately, in the Muslim world, they do not have the superior access we have here to abortion services and birth control. The Bush administration’s refusal to back anything but abstinence education and its refusal to be involved in contraception in its international family planning programs is leading to unwanted births in Asia and Africa.

  3. There is one well-known exception to the general rule in the Muslim world: Iran, which has a plummeting birth rate.

    Iran’s population growth rate dropped from an all-time high of 3.2 percent in 1986 to just 1.2 percent in 2001 and even lower since then; that’s one of the fastest drops ever recorded. In reducing its population growth to a rate only slightly higher than that of the United States, Iran has emerged as a model for other countries that want to accelerate the shift to smaller families.

    In Iran, the government covers 80 percent of family planning costs. A comprehensive health network made up of mobile clinics and fifteen thousand “health houses” provides family planning and health services to four-fifths of Iran’s rural population.

    Religious leaders in Iran have become involved with the campaign for smaller families, citing them as a social responsibility in their weekly sermons. They also have issued fatwas, religious edicts with the strength of court orders, that permit and encourage the use of all types of contraception, including permanent male and female sterilization–a first among Muslim countries. Birth control, including the provision of condoms, pills, and sterilization, is free.

    If you want fewer births in the Muslim world, look to our “enemy” Iran as a model.

  4. Thank you for giving information Sayar Bilgi

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