More Catholics Considering Abandoning the Church

More Catholics Considering Abandoning the Church March 21, 2019

These excerpts come from the Wall Street Journal, which is behind a pay wall, but the headline stats are interesting. See what you think:

More Catholics Considering Abandoning the Church

By Ian Lovett – The Wall Street Journal

March 13, 2019 4:00 a.m. ET

. . . according to new research conducted by Gallup.

·         37% of U.S. Catholics said the abuse crisis had led them to question whether to remain part of the church. Catholics who seldom or never attend church were most likely to question whether they should leave entirely.

·         Among those, 46% said they were questioning this year, up from 29% in 2002.

·         Meanwhile, 22% of those who attend church every week were questioning whether to remain.

·         . . . A separate Gallup study conducted late last year found that 31% of U.S. Catholics rated the ethics and honesty of clergy highly, down from 49% in 2017 and 63% in 2008.

After the Boston Globe did a series on the sexual abuse by Catholic priests and the church’s efforts to cover it up in 2002, “the average lay Catholic was able to accept that there were many bad apples and the church was going to need to clean them up,” said Chad Pecknold, a professor at the Catholic University of America. The revelations last year “deepened the original sense of betrayal among the faithful, he said, because bishops’ involvement in covering up the abuse became clear.

“It’s understandable that for people whose faith is weak, this is just enough to push them out,” Mr. Pecknold said. [My emphasis]

H/T to Julian Haydon for sending this to me [empshases and collation his].


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