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US Catholics found less committed to their faith

November 30, 2012

A sociologist at the University of Nebraska has found a “tremendous decline” in the strength of American Catholics’ commitment to their faith.

Philip Schwadel found that only 35% of Catholics describe themselves as “strongly affiliated” with the Church. Among Evangelical Protestants, the number reporting that they were “strongly affiliated” was much higher, at 56%. Even among the members of mainline Protestant groups, which have experienced severe decline in recent years, the level of “strong” affiliation was higher than that for Catholics, at 39%.


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  • Posted by: impossible - Dec. 05, 2012 10:32 AM ET USA

    Perhaps the answer lies in this basic truth - that you cannot love what you do not know. Given the sad state of catechetics in schools, CCD classes, RCIA classes and homiletics how can the laity be committed to "their faith?"