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By Diogenes (articles ) | Apr 14, 2008

"Poll Finds Most Catholics Are Observant"

That's the headline for a story from The Bulletin, which serves "Philadelphia's most discerning readers."

Discerning readers might wonder what it means to be an "observant" Catholic, and if they worked their way down the page they'd find an answer of sorts.

In terms of key aspects of the Catholic faith, US Catholics overwhelmingly believe that helping the less fortunate is the most important factor in determining what it means to be Catholic.

So if you help the poor, you are by definition a Catholic, I guess. I wonder how the folks at Combined Jewish Philanthropies will take it when they learn that they have already converted.

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  • Posted by: - Apr. 14, 2008 8:35 PM ET USA

    Don't judge these poll results by this badly-written story. Per http://www.usccb.org/comm/archives/2008/08-056.shtml : "Eighty-three percent of respondents say that helping those in need is either “somewhat” or “very” important to their “sense of what it means to be a Catholic.” Eight in ten say receiving the Eucharist is equally important (79 percent)...." So those who listed charity but NOT the Eucharist as essential is between 4% and 21%. Not "overwhelming"!

  • Posted by: - Apr. 14, 2008 2:11 PM ET USA

    Bishop Sheen once said that many people who do not believe that Mary was conceived immaculately, do believe however that they themselves were so conceived.....since they never sin and have no need of Christ or His church.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 14, 2008 12:40 PM ET USA

    Does that mean we don't have to say the Good Friday prayer for the Jews any more?

  • Posted by: - Apr. 14, 2008 10:32 AM ET USA

    All thanks to lousy catechesis. I was recently informed that I am an "anti-Apostle" because I teach my high school students that they should go to confession before receiving Holy Communion if they have missed Sunday Mass for no good reason. It's what I call the "I'm not an axe-murderer, so heaven is a slam dunk" syndrome.

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