The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate is a Georgetown University social science research center that focuses on Catholicism and the Catholic Church.
Number of U.S. Catholic parishes has declined by 11% since 1988 (-2,133), while the Catholic population grew +23%.
Giving brief talk before a viewing of The Exorcist today. Surprised by US polling data trends on belief in devil:
The "gender gap" for Mass attendance has narrowed. Weekly attendance among Catholic women is now similar to men.
American Indian and Alaskan Native Catholic population and the parishes known to be serving these communities.
Asian and Pacific Islander Catholic population and the parishes known to be serving these communities.
Black, African American, African Catholic population and the parishes known to be serving these communities.
Map from CARA cultural diversity study. Matching Hispanic Catholic population with parishes serving communities:
One of the best times of year for sports fans with so many in play. The sports U.S. adult Catholics are "fans" of:
Even w/ Lemaître & Big Bang, JP II evolution "more than hypothesis" Catholics unlikely to hear science at church?
Preschool is now the largest single grade, by numbers of students, in US Catholic schools. Not the case 10 yrs ago
1 in 20 newly baptized Catholics in the world in 2011 were from the U.S. Overall, 64% were from just 16 countries:
Approaching 50 yr since JFK death. Had highest avg approval 70%. Never dropped below majority http://bit.ly/a4iTx8
Big variations in divorce rates by religious affiliation of spouses. Catholics and Nones stand out...and together?
Vatican II/Boomers NOT the biggest. More US infants baptized by Catholic Church during Gen-X and Millennial years.
Do you wear/carry a crucifix or cross? Biggest differences related to gender (41% of Catholic women vs 25% men).
Catholics per priest vary by world region but even bigger differences emerge when looking at specific countries.
People of all faiths divided on progress toward Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream. Most see 'major progress' or more.
Digital masses in political activity: Catholics more likely to Twitter/Facebook post (17%) than join protest (6%)
ANES 2012 included ?s on what eligible voters 'regularly' watch (not every episode!). Here is what Catholics said:
US Catholics who could vote in `12 were more likely to blame poor economy on bankers & consumers than politicians.
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