The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate is a Georgetown University social science research center that focuses on Catholicism and the Catholic Church.
Numbers of diocesan ordinations very stable in U.S. for decades. Still short 200+/yr to maintain population.
At peak, 1965, there were more than 250,000 ordained and religious in the US. Deacons keep pop. above 100,000 now.
34% of adult Catholics say golf requires most skill. Catholics McIlroy to Mickelson tee off at U.S. Open Thursday.
Cardinal Dolan calls Catholics to welcome immigrants as our ancestors were. Where the current generation resides:
Why do some Catholics miss Mass from time to time? Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A...
Current global/US data on Catholic parishes where pastoral care is entrusted to deacons or lay persons (c. 517.2):
51% of U.S. Catholics "most likely" to donate to a religious institution (28%) or an aid relief organization (23%)
From The CARA Report, Spring 2013 (http://bit.ly/qquSUl): Trends in U.S. seminary enrollments since 1968:
U.S. YouTube search volume for Pope, Vatican, & Catholic since 2008. Pope searches elevated since Sept. 2012.
Are you a better parent than your parents? One in four Catholic parents think they are (only 3% say "worse").
45% of Catholics self-id soc-econ class working/lower. Does "Middle Class Jobs & Opportunity Tour" leave them out?
Side effect of focus groups and polling? "Middle class" has overtaken the "poor" in Congress http://bit.ly/10779PO
First superhero film of season out. If your life was a movie what would it be? 28% of Catholics action/adventure.
81% of Catholics say Mother's Day more important than Father's Day. Top gifts: spending time, flowers, jewelry.
GSS 2012: Of all U.S. adults raised Catholic, 65% affiliate as such as adults. 17% are Protestants, 17% Nones.
GSS '08-'12 (small sample): 87% of LGB adults say they were Christians in youth. 53% affiliate as such as adults.
TV still the primary medium used for religious/spiritual content among US Catholics ages 14-17. New media gaining.
Trends: Unemployment not the news story it was in 1980s. Data for @nytimes (numbers for @washingtonpost similar):
Percentage of U.S. Catholics with "hardly any confidence at all" in the press at all time high of 45% (12% in `73)
Would you prefer to live in a place with more Starbucks or McDonalds? Oddly, Christian affiliation is predictive..
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