A Pew survey result that tells us...nothing
“Three-quarters of U.S. Catholics support pope’s Vatican reform,” reads the headline on a Pew Research Center report. That’s nice. But not 1% of American Catholics know what the Pope’s reforms will be, since he hasn’t announced them yet.
Read a bit more closely, and you learn that 75% of those surveyed thought that “reform”—which might mean different things to different people—should be a priority for the Pope. That’s a very different message. Saying that you see a need for reform is not the same as saying that you support a particular program for reform.
But here’s another twist: The Pew story is based on a poll taken in March—which, you may recall, is when Pope Francis was elected. Maybe you have a general idea of the Pope’s reform plans now, but in March, nobody had a clue.
So what is it, exactly, that we learned from the Pew story?
An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:
Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Progress toward our July expenses ($16,162 to go):
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!