Study: 3% of Catholics left over the sex abuse scandals

An interesting observation, from the New York Times (h/t Marcel): A survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life conducted in 2008 found that Americans who had left Catholicism had done so for many reasons, including unhappiness with the church’s position on abortion or homosexuality, disagreement with teachings on birth control, and the feeling [Read More…]

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Study: Catholic men are better paid

Okay.  Show me the money. Details: Catholicism, with all its attendant ceremony, piety and guilt, may well trump a good Protestant work ethic when it comes to earnings potential, according to the authors of a new study. Catholic men between 25 and 54 years were found to benefit from a wage premium of 6.7 per [Read More…]

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Medical study discovers a powerful anti-depressant: church

It’s something a lot of us have known for a while, but now there’s scientific proof of a connection: People who go to religious services routinely are 56% more likely to view life positively and 27% less likely to have symptoms of depression, researchers from Yeshiva University reported in the Journal of Religion and Health. [Read More…]

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Buffalo parish discovers hidden letters to God from children

From Buffalo comes this surprising story of a discovery that is reminding a parish of its past — and offering hope for its future: They were letters to God, written by schoolchildren more than a century ago. And since being discovered concealed in a cross atop Corpus Christi Catholic Church on Clark Street, they continue [Read More…]

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What’s wrong with the American Church?

Bishop Howard Hubbard of Albany has been writing on the topic, and gotten some feedback from readers, which he shares in his monthly column .  It’s unusual for a bishop to turn his attention to this topic — and more unusual, I think, for him to let the people in the pews sound off: Parishes [Read More…]

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Ready, aim, pray

Just don’t do it in Wisconsin. Details: As Wisconsin’s concealed carry law goes into effect, the state’s Catholic bishops are urging parishioners to keep their weapons out of church. “The Catholic Church has a long tradition of sanctuary, allowing people feeling violence to take refuge in church buildings as a place of safety and protection. For [Read More…]

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The problem with being religious but not spiritual

Among other things, churches without a spiritual vitality are reporting declining numbers. Details: Men would rather watch Monday Night Football than go shopping. Eating too many Hardees Monster Thickburgers is linked to obesity. Texting while driving is a bad idea. There are times when research findings are so obvious they are almost beyond questioning. So [Read More…]

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Survey finds U.S. Catholics "by and large, like being Catholic"

Details: American Catholics have by and large remained loyal to the core teachings and sacraments of their faith, but increasingly tune out the hierarchy on issues of sexual morality, according to a new study released Monday (Oct. 24) The sweeping survey shows that over the last quarter-century, U.S. Catholics have become increasingly likely to say [Read More…]

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7 Habits of Highly Effective Catholics

Marcel LeJeune over at Aggie Catholics compiles his list, with a h/t to Stephen Covey. For starters: Habit #1 – Participate in the Sacraments Regularly. Sunday Mass is a given. To be effective you must also participate in a regular habit of Confession (once a month is a good start) and regular daily Mass, when [Read More…]

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More people plan to live it up on the Day of the Dead

A popular holiday  is gaining a foothold in the United States. Details: Growing up in South Texas, Kiko Torres saw the Day of the Dead as an obscure holiday celebrated in southern Mexico. Few people dared to discuss it in his small but strong Catholic, Mexican-American community. Still, Torres said he became fascinated by Day [Read More…]

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