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Hispanics increasingly identify as ‘nones’
It also illustrates his own life. Tamayo, 49, was a Catholic until seven years ago when he read Stephen Hawking's "A Brief History of Time" and encountered a description of a universe so vast humans could never reach its limits.
"All of a sudden I started questioning. … In a period of about three weeks I became convinced that no one knows about God."
Tamayo's experience highlights another of the study's findings — while 69 percent of Hispanics are reared Catholic, only 53 percent say they are still Catholic as adults.
"It used to be that Latino identity meant a Catholic identity," said Avalos. "That is no longer the case."