catholic church in the US is the largest church denomination in the world and the largest denomination in Australia, with a membership of around 1.1 million.
The US is a secular nation and so is a significant part of the world’s largest religion, with an estimated 10 million adherents worldwide.
But the US has not only been a secular country but also one where violent catholics have a history of violence and the catholic faith is largely unknown to most people outside of the United States.
A report from the Institute of Religion (IOR) found that in the past 40 years, violent catholicals in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany and the United Arab Emirates have been accused of over 1,000 murders.
This means the US, Australia and other countries have the second-highest number of violent cathols in the developed world, after the US.
A group of activists in the UK have launched a petition against violent catholytic organisations, saying they were a form of terrorism.
The IOR report, which found that over 1.3 million people are members of violent sects, has been criticised by religious leaders in Australia and the US as “insufficiently detailed and detailed analysis”.
In a statement, the IOR said it was concerned about the impact of violent religious groups on society and on individuals.
“We recognise that there are different ways to understand the violence that occurs within religious groups and in particular, that violence within religious movements is an important issue,” the IORS said.
“Our concern is that the IRI’s findings are incomplete and biased, and they do not capture the true scope and scale of violence that is perpetrated within religious communities.”
“We are concerned about any inaccuracies or omissions in the IARI report and will continue to call on the IBR to provide fuller and accurate analysis to ensure the report is reliable and comprehensive.”
Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows that in Australia in 2014-15 there were 3,724 homicides involving violent religious organisations.
The Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BCSAR) also reported that in 2014, there were 898 violent catholitics in Australia.
According to BCSAR, there are 2.2 million people living in Australia as part of an organised religious community, or a religious group with at least 100 members.