Sunday, August 5, 2012


Major Christian Traditions:
Roman Catholic - The Roman Catholic Church denomination is the largest Christian group in the world today with more than a billion followers constituting about half of the world's Christian population.
Protestant - There are approximately 800 million Protestants in the world.
Orthodox - Approximately 260 million people worldwide are Orthodox Christians.

Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life (2011)
Pentecostals, Charismatics and Evangelicals:
Of the approximate 2 billion Christians in the world today, 279 million (12.8% of the world's Christian population) identify themselves as Pentecostals, 304 million (14%) are Charismatics, and 285 million (13.1%) are Evangelicals, or Bible believing Christians. (These three categories are not mutually exclusive.)
Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life (2011)
Christianity in America:
Today in the U.S., about 79.5% of adults (247 million) identify themselves as Christian. In comparison, the next largest religions in America are Judaism and Islam. Combined they represent less than three percent of the United States population.
Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life (2011)


  1. I am a candidate for the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, a provision of the Holy Father to allow Anglicans to convert to Roman Catholicism while maintaining their traditional patrimony.
    As an Episcopalian, I joined the OSL and am an Associate member. My question is: Can anyone tell me if it is licit for a Roman Catholic to be part of the OSL. I know that the Clergy are the only persons allowed to anoint with oil for healing. I have looked many places, but have not been able to find a definitive answer about this.

    1. OSL is interdenominational. It is all about teaching about the healing ministry of Jesus. It is not tied to any denomination. And, actually, in OSL, lay people can anoint with oil, not just clergy. The only restrictions on that would come from whatever the person's denominational rules about that are.

      I hope this answers you questions. We do state that we are ecumenical in all of our publications.

      Please let me know if you have any other questions.

      Julabeth Carden
      Executive Director