Latinas Coming Out of the Closet... As Atheists

Many other Latino families share my mother's views. Just as much of the country falls under some religious umbrella, Hispanics are especially known to be diligent in faith. A recent Gallup poll showed we're the race least likely to identify as non-religious.

But a Patheos survey also showed that the number unaffiliated Latinas are gradually increasing. And with Pope Francis' recent sermon last Thursday in which he states “The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! ‘Father, the atheists?’ Even the atheists,” the trend could continue as more Latinas feel less pressured to suppress the questions they may have.

That is, if their alternative views aren't dismissed by their families first.

With 56% of Hispanics over 30 belonging to Catholicism, breaking away becomes harder than usual. columnist Nick Baez, BA Psychology and MS Clinical Counseling, attributes the new change in beliefs to the growing generational gap between older religious Latinos and their children.

“They live almost a double culture,” said Baez.