Updated Catholic Statistics


Keep in mind that this is among “self-identified” Catholics…

From the National Catholic Reporter:

                                         **Table 1**:     [     Can you be a good Catholic without this?]("http://www.ncronline.org/NCR_Online/archives2/2005c/093005/Identity.pdf")
**Table 2**:     [     Attitudes on which Catholics highly committed to the      church are distinctive]("http://www.ncronline.org/NCR_Online/archives2/2005c/093005/Committed.pdf")
**Table 3**: [     Generational differences over time]("http://www.ncronline.org/NCR_Online/archives2/2005c/093005/Generational.pdf")
**Table 4**: [     Demographic portrait of American Catholics, by      political party]("http://www.ncronline.org/NCR_Online/archives2/2005c/093005/party%20politics.pdf")
**Table 5**: [     Behavior and commitment of American Catholics, by      party preference]("http://www.ncronline.org/NCR_Online/archives2/2005c/093005/party%20politics.pdf")
**Table 6**: [     Attitudes about abortion and death penalty by      generation]("http://www.ncronline.org/NCR_Online/archives2/2005c/093005/abortion%20death.pdf")
**Table 7**: [     Differences in attitudes about church teachings, by      party preference]("http://www.ncronline.org/NCR_Online/archives2/2005c/093005/party%20politics.pdf")
**Table 8**: [     Attitudes about parish life]("http://www.ncronline.org/NCR_Online/archives2/2005c/093005/parish%20life.pdf")
**Table 9**: [     Would you be willing to accept in you parish ...]("http://www.ncronline.org/NCR_Online/archives2/2005c/093005/parish%20life.pdf")                   **
  Table 10**:     [     Church as mediator by generation]("http://www.ncronline.org/NCR_Online/archives2/2005c/093005/mediator%20slips.pdf")
**Table 11**:     [     Acceptable parish accommodations to the priest      shortage]("http://www.ncronline.org/NCR_Online/archives2/2005c/093005/mediator%20slips.pdf")
**Table 12**:     [     Possible responses to the priest shortage]("http://www.ncronline.org/NCR_Online/archives2/2005c/093005/mediator%20slips.pdf")
**Table 13**:     [     'Cannot explain faith to others']("http://www.ncronline.org/NCR_Online/archives2/2005c/093005/young%20Catholics.pdf")
**Table 14**:     [     Did you ever attend a Catholic school or college for      any of your education?]("http://www.ncronline.org/NCR_Online/archives2/2005c/093005/Catholic%20education.pdf")
**Table 15**:     [     Catholic high school or college attendees have more      education, income]("http://www.ncronline.org/NCR_Online/archives2/2005c/093005/Catholic%20education.pdf")
**Table 16**:     [     Catholic high school and attachment to the church]("http://www.ncronline.org/NCR_Online/archives2/2005c/093005/Catholic%20education.pdf")
**Table 17**:     [     Catholic high school and attitudes about parish life]("http://www.ncronline.org/NCR_Online/archives2/2005c/093005/Catholic%20education.pdf")
**Table 18**:     [     Appropriate role for parishioners with respect to parish finances]("http://www.ncronline.org/NCR_Online/archives2/2005c/093005/financial%20decisions.pdf")                                          

Figures Figure 1: How important to you?
Figure 2: Attend Mass weekly or more
Figure 3: Changing behaviors and attitudes about attending Mass
Figure 4: Catholic laity should have the right to participate in deciding how parish income should be spent
Figure 5: Parishioners’ role in parish finances should be …

God Bless,


Peace be with you!

I say excommunicate the lot of them in that first table.

In Christ,


After so many years of discounting bogus political polls, now we have to contend with bogus religious polls? So much depends on how these questions are phrased, who was polled, and other factors which they don’t want to tell you. It’s all trash, as far as I’m concerned.


Actually, I think that these polls are rather revealing. I don’t doubt that these results are true at all - they are certainly representative of some of the Catholics that I know.



I’d like to see a similar poll designed and conducted by the National Catholic Register and compare it to this one done by the National Catholic Reporter.
I have hard time accepting most things from the Reporter. Unfortunately, I have a feeling that some of the responses would come out to be very similar. :frowning:


[quote=Rand Al’Thor]I say excommunicate the lot of them in that first table.


I can sympothize - I really can. In fact, that was my first impulse as well.

But then I think about the fact that I was in those ranks three years ago, and I reconsider.

God Bless,


:eek: the thing is - based on a good deal of my former exposure to Catholics (several very devout friends accepted) - this is probably what I thought of Catholics in general for a good many years thanks to members of my extended family… and unfortunately - this is also what I know is going to be going through my father’s mind when I finally tell them I am converting… because he has this completely wrong bogus idea of what Catholicism really is based on his exposure as a kid- both what he was taught AND the kinds of Catholics he was around (who certainly would probably fit that first table!) (he was taught a lot of incorrect things as a child - I expect the rest of the family was to to some extent (ok to a rather great extent) as two members of the extended family once took communion at a protestant service with us :eek: after one asking the other if it was ok, and them determining that they thought it was perfectly acceptable :eek:


As far as my own experiences go with other Catholics, I find this to be very true. :frowning:


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