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By Diogenes (articles ) | Dec 12, 2006

A CNS story reports that U.S. Catholics' approval rating for bishops is the highest since the sex abuse scandal broke in January 2002. A Zogby poll, conducted by telephone interviews, of 1,505 self-identified Catholics provided the data.

Hello?

In the fall 2006 Contemporary Catholic Trends survey, 71 percent of Catholics said they strongly agreed (29 percent) or somewhat agreed (42 percent) that "the U.S. bishops are doing a good job leading the Catholic Church." 71 percent of Catholics said they strongly agreed (29 percent) or somewhat agreed (42 percent) that "the U.S. bishops are doing a good job leading the Catholic Church." 71 percent of Catholics said they strongly agreed (29 percent) or somewhat agreed (42 percent) that "the U.S. bishops are doing a good job leading the Catholic Church." 71 percent of Catholics said they strongly agreed (29 percent) or somewhat agreed (42 percent) that "the U.S. bishops are doing a good job leading the Catholic Church." 71 percent of Catholics said they strongly agreed (29 percent) or somewhat agreed (42 percent) that "the U.S. bishops are doing a good job leading the Catholic Church." 71 percent of Catholics said they strongly agreed (29 percent) or somewhat agreed (42 percent) that "the U.S. bishops are doing a good job leading the Catholic Church." 71 percent of Catholics said they

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  • Posted by: - Dec. 15, 2006 6:59 PM ET USA

    Did anyone you know participate in this survey? Not likely! It has no value and no credibility.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 14, 2006 11:44 AM ET USA

    When asked why they thought they were catholic 71% responded. "I can't help it, I was born that way." 29% had no clue.

  • Posted by: ladybird - Dec. 13, 2006 1:43 PM ET USA

    Hooray, Ven.Aussie! Haven't heard that ditty in donkey's years! I'm a NYYank spent many years in HK with the kids at Mums & Toddlers with the 10 straying duckies! What a hoot! Thanks for the memories - and the delightful play on words!

  • Posted by: Linus682 - Dec. 13, 2006 12:02 PM ET USA

    It must have been an "April Fool" poll. Surely, no sane person can believe these opinions.

  • Posted by: Mike128 - Dec. 13, 2006 9:43 AM ET USA

    I count a total of seven ducks following Mama duck. Only one made it across the grate. I hope this does not represent that only one seventh of us Catholics are going to make it across the evils of life and attain Heaven. If our Catholic hierarchy leadership doesn't improve, this little duck story may in fact, be prophetic. O God-Father- please alert our bishops to the true state of our Church and the role they play in our current condition. Amen.

  • Posted by: Venerable Aussie - Dec. 12, 2006 6:23 PM ET USA

    1,2,3, Singing... 10 little ducks went out one day (presumably, initially, in response to Mt 28:19-20) Over the hills and far away (the real ultramontanists?) Pope Mother duck said “Quack, Quack, Quack, Quack” And various cardinals, archbishops, bishops, theologians and Jesuits replied “Hey, cut me some slack”. Judging by this photo analogy, many think they're doing a "grate" job, and of course we Unthinking Catholics (TM) should be "grate fall".

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Dec. 12, 2006 6:06 PM ET USA

    (continued) I do see that one little duckling made it across the treacherous terrain (next to its mom) & I hope the others were rescued... As for the self-i.d. "Catholics," I pray for them & for their conversion, as well as for the unorthodox bishops who lead their flocks across the grates of centrism & relativism, & away from Holy Mother Church & the Holy Father. And I thank God for the good bishops & priests in the Church (bold, courageous, loyal to the Church, Magisterium, Holy Father).

  • Posted by: Lisieux - Dec. 12, 2006 3:50 PM ET USA

    Please stop being so funny. It was most embarrassing when I guffawed in front of my (mostly non-Catholic and entirely non-American) family.

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Dec. 12, 2006 2:48 PM ET USA

    Diogenes, you have a great sense of humor. I laughed out-loud at this. Yes, "self-identified" "Catholics" include: J.Kerry, Ted Kennedy, Nancy Pelosi, & all the other Sens. & Reps. who advocate the right to slaughter babies, Catholics for a Free Choice (free to kill pre-born children), Call to Action (acting out their same-sex ambivalent lifestyle), Bp. Trautman, Abp. Weakland, Cdl. Mahony (oops, they're the ones that 71 percent of "Catholics" say are doing a good job). Mary, ora pro nobis.

  • Posted by: Sterling - Dec. 12, 2006 1:56 PM ET USA

    We can surmise - wishfully it seems - that these 71 percent aren't "real" Catholics, but that's speculation. Certainly some of this "71 percent" must comprise lapsed or otherwise negligent/unruly Catholics but we don't know what portion. Isn't it possible that some of them have more on the ball than the imagined TV viewer wondering about Fr. Ralph's hair? Maybe it's possible that sometimes people - even good orthodox Catholics- just don't agree with us. Or - is that impossible?

  • Posted by: callistus - Dec. 12, 2006 1:28 PM ET USA

    kind of a waste of ink and paper

  • Posted by: Gino - Dec. 12, 2006 1:12 PM ET USA

    Who are the Catholics? Are they the 70% who do not go to Mass or believe in the Church's doctrines? I do not know one observant Catholic who admires the USCCB or most bishops. Since they are always telling our Govt. how to hand out money; maybe they can give the wasted $137 million to real charities.

  • Posted by: emkay - Dec. 12, 2006 12:39 PM ET USA

    Apparently Diogenes, it's safe to assume you were not among the 71 percent

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Dec. 12, 2006 10:35 AM ET USA

    Nice polling! They ask of the "US Catholic Bishops" as if it were some type of Rockette chorus line or marching band at half time. How about polling individual Catholics in individual diocese and naming the names of the Bishops? $137 million budget...surely they can spare a dime for a real poll. They quack me up.

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