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Archive for category Demographics and Sociology
Pope Francis has made a good impression so far in the United States among Catholics and non-Catholics. Only 60% of American Catholics had approved of the selection of Pope Benedict in 2005.
Eighty-eight percent of American Catholics approve of his selection as pope. By contrast, a poll in April, 2005 found only 60% of Americans Catholics approved of the selection of Pope Benedict, the predecessor to Francis.
The percentage of U.S. Catholics who consider themselves “strong” members of the Roman Catholic Church has never been lower than it was in 2012, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of new data from the General Social Survey (GSS).
With cardinals now in Rome preparing to elect Benedict’s successor, the poll indicated that the church’s hierarchy had lost the confidence and allegiance of many American Catholics. They like their priests and nuns, but many feel that the bishops and cardinals do not understand their lives.
In short, King writes, “People who have a spiritual understanding of life in the absence of a religious framework are vulnerable to mental disorder.”
More people attending church less often – sounds about right to me.
North America reported 57 percent religiosity, Western Europe 51 percent.
by Jack Rakosky
Why are people interested in nuns? Why are we “all nuns”?
by Jack Rakosky
African-American Catholics are more engaged in their parishes than are white Catholics.