Our changing American church: bigger, more diverse

There are some fascinating nuggets in this look at the recent CARA report on “The Changing Face of Catholic Parishes,” — including some valuable statistics on the diaconate: The study found that lay ecclesial ministry — somewhat formally defined in recent years as working at least 20 hours a week in paid parish employment as [Read More...]

Is interest in Catholicism dropping?

By one measure, the answer appears to be: yes. Online queries about Catholicism have taken a measurable plunge over the last several years, as the graph below indicates (click to enlarge). CARA has details: Searchers from the United States for anything with the term “Catholic” in them have dropped significantly in the 2004 to 2011 [Read More...]