It would appear that 80 per cent of the Catholic population must be classified as urban and 20 per cent, or less, as rural. In these figures Fr. O’Hara sees a great menace to the future welfare of the Catholic Church in America.

If we take a farsighted view of the religious problem, we must be impressed with the probably correct estimate that in a century twenty rural families leave a more numerous progeny than a hundred city families. It is, therefore, a fact that the future will be with the church that ministers to the rural population.

— Report on a speech by Fr. Edwin O’Hara of Portland, July 8, 1920