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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: - Oct. 06, 2009 5:54 PM ET USA

    Dear Diogenes, "Mea culpa" if I am in error, and/or "off base" here, but has not all dialogue in this country become an exercise in futility? With the nearly universal practice of addressing any and all topics with an "agenda driven" motivation, and with the news and entertainment media outlets merged into one biased television message, what is the liklihood that the average American has any truth left upon which to base a decision?