More Latinos expanding their religious horizons
Obed Martinez, pastor of Destiny Church, credits a simple Gospel message presentation for drawing Catholics to evangelical churches.
"I call it the 'I get it,'" Martinez said. "It's about putting an ancient Bible into a modern world, seeing its relevance and being able to apply it to life."
"Catholicism isn't always able to do that," he added.
But Catholic church officials aren't overly concerned.
"Hispanics are the fastest growing group in the United States, and they also happen to be the fastest growing group in the Catholic Church," said Mark Gray of Georgetown University's Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate.
The 2010 Census counted 50.5 million Hispanics in the United States, a 43 percent growth since the 2000 Census.
"Are we looking at the numbers and saying 'Oh my gosh, the Catholic Church is in trouble?'" Gray asked. "No, we're not."
Contributing: The Arizona Republic