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Another disastrous Catholic poll October 8, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Dallas Diocese, foolishness, General Catholic, North Deanery, scandals, sickness, Society.

Coming on the heels of a religious knowledge survey (which, in fairness, was almost more of a general social studies knowledge survey, but I digress) that showed that Catholics are none too well formed in the Faith, comes a new poll showing that huge swaths of the Church reject the Magisterial dogma of the Faith.   The results are depressing.  Some of the high lowlights:

 – Catholics are more likely than not to be statists, favoring an Uncle Sugar approach to government

 – Catholics are slightly more pro-life than the average population.  In detail, 26% of white Catholics will go out of their way to vote for a pro-abort candidate, while 38% of white Catholics will be less likely (but not necessarily unalterably opposed) to voting for such a candidate.  Percentages for hispanic Catholics are 18% in favor of abortion and 26% opposed, with a large swath saying it comes down to the individual candidate (which means, if they like they may well vote for a pro-abort).  This means, essentially, that only 1/3, or less, of Catholics are truly pro-life in every case.  This is a travesty.  This is one of the simplest, easiest to understand and practice Doctrines of the Faith.  And yet, for a number of reasons, few Catholics observe it religiously.  I’ve changed my thinking on capital punishment to conform more with what the Church proclaims (the Church is not always and everywhere opposed to it, but in general is opposed to it as a commonly used form of punishment).  It is not that hard to do.  And yet few Catholics can apparently be bothered to change their thinking on this issue.

 – most distressingly, a huge majority of Catholics are either in favor of same sex civil unions (about 30%), or, worse, in favor of gay marriage outright (over 40%).  Only 19% of white Catholics and 30% of hispanic Catholics are faithful to the Doctrine of the Faith, that homosexual acts are intrinsically evil and any union publically recognized as approving of those acts is unacceptable.  The full court press of the gay activist lobby is working –  37% of Americans support same sex “marriage” today, as opposed to 26% in 2006 and essentially nil in 1990.

Once again, the question raises itself – how can this be?  How can the Church be so seemingly powerless in the face of the dominant culture?  Has it always been thus?  Has the Church always only had a small percentage that really practices the Faith and tries very hard to apply it to their lives?  Have so few conformed their thinking with the mind of the Church?  Or do we live in a particularly bad time, where a lack of formation in parishes and bold proclamations of the Faith, not just generally but on specific issues, from our episcopal leadership seem so rare and so ineffectual?

There’s simply a huge number of self-proclaimed Catholics, who aren’t.  We are told there are 65 million or so Catholics in the United States (the same number as there were in 1970, in spite of the overall US population increasing by about 50% since that time).  In reality, there are more like 12-15 million practicing Catholics in this country who really try, at least on some level, to live the Faith.  Perhaps you think I’m being unfair?  Even the 12-15 million is probably a stretch.  This, my friends, is the result of “pastoral” leadership, which is in reality neither.


1. FrDarryl - October 8, 2010

I think the key determinant is conversion. Proportionately far more evangelicals are consciously converted than Catholic, who by default are just culturally so.

2. FrDarryl - October 8, 2010

Plus it’s the mainline Protestants who are the real losers here – in oh so many ways! Catholics just aren’t being catechised properly or they don’t experience a sense of (frequent) conversion (correlated with confession of course).

I’ll bet you’d find some statistically significant positive correlation between ‘have women clergy’ and ‘support abortion’.

3. Robert E. Mangieri - October 9, 2010

When is the last time you heard a sermon that talked of Catholic beliefs. Have you ever heard a sermon about abortion? Contraception? Fornication? Homosexuality ? Most “Catholics” get their religious education from the secular media.

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