Putting a real face on Pew’s Latino religious identity survey

The Pew Research Center released a report Wednesday titled “The Shifting Religious Identity of Latinos in the United States,” based on a nationwide survey of 5,000 Hispanics, and it’s making headlines. As always, it’s interesting to see the specific angles taken by major news organizations. From The New York Times: By all accounts, Hispanics are [Read More...]

Upwardly mobile Hispanic evangelical converts?

Darn you, paywall. Earlier this month, Time magazine published a 3,500-word cover story on what it dubbed “The Latino Reformation.” But the full text of the article is available online only to subscribers. As a journalist who wants to see this industry survive, I’m OK with that. But it makes a critique in this kind [Read More...]

That all-but-missing detail about Jeb Bush’s life

Catholics here in America have a very intense and interesting relationship with the mainstream press. First of all, there are just so many of them and so many different kinds — with active and inactive, believing and non-believing being the simple points of reference. Second, their sheer numbers make it impossible to ignore Catholics when [Read More...]

What are the real differences between Mahony and Gomez?

Guess what? There are significant differences in the theological approaches and doctrinal convictions of Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez and his predecessor, Cardinal Roger Mahony. So, what are they? It’s hard to tell, in a fascinating Los Angeles Times story that goes way, way out its way to argue that the differences that really matter [Read More...]

Tiny little news stories about booming Diocese of Orange

The Diocese of Orange — as in Orange County — has a new leader, Bishop Kevin W. Vann, who has moved from one rapidly growing Catholic flock, in Fort Worth, to lead another in a diocese that the experts believe is one of the most rapidly growing in the United States. It is already the [Read More...]

Which religious group should be blamed for the election results?

Well, everyone, we made it through another presidential campaign year! Congratulations to the winners and condolences to the losers and all that. With the election over, we’re now in the stage of the airing of grievances and assigning of blame. It’s usually much easier to do this than this year, where the campaign wasn’t about [Read More...]


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