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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The Utter FAILURE of American Catholic Education

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: The following two stories illustrate the utter failure of Catholic education in America. They illustrate that the majority of U.S. Catholics have absolutely no idea what their religion is about, or else they just don't care. Who's fault is this? The blame lies squarely at the feet of U.S. clergy, and lay religious instructors. It is the result of embracing various modernist ideas, and watering down the most basic Catholic teachings....
(California Catholic Daily) - Many Americans are very religious, but few are dogmatic in their faith, according to a report issued yesterday by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.

The report is the second from the Pew Forum on the U.S. Religious Landscape Survey. The first part, released in February, gave information on the size, internal changes, and demographics of major U.S. religions.

Yesterday’s report details American religious beliefs and practices, as well as the social and political ideas of various religious groups. Its conclusions were based on more than 35,000 interviews of American adults -- conducted in English and Spanish.

According to the Pew report, while 56% of Americans say their religion is “very important” to them, only 27% say there is only one way to interpret the teachings of their religion, and only 24% believe their religion is “the one, true faith leading to eternal life.” Twenty-four percent of Americans said they attend religious services at least once a week.

The percentage of Catholics saying their religion is very important did not differ from the national average, while 79% of Evangelicals and 85% of those belonging to historically African-American churches said their religion was very important. Only 19% of Catholics asserted that there is only one way to interpret the teachings of their faith, compared to 41% of Evangelical Christians.

Among Catholics, just 16% said they thought their religion was “the one, true faith leading to eternal life,” while 79% said “many religions can lead to eternal life.”...

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(LifeNews.com) -- A new study of Catholic voters conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University shows them leaning more towards the Democratic Party this election. That could be a plus for pro-abortion Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

With more than 47 million potential voters, Catholics are a popular group for outreach efforts of both political parties.

The study included a survey showing Catholic attitudes on social, political and moral issues have shifted during the Bush administration, although it concluded opinions regarding abortion and social justice issues have remained relatively stable.

The poll found a shift of three percent in favor of the pro-abortion position from 2002 to 2006.

But the shift on other political issues could lead more Catholics to support Obama over John McCain, who opposes abortion and has repeatedly voted for sensible limits.

Fewer Catholics self-identify as Republicans in 2008 than in any previous election year since 2000 in CARA polls. Only 21 percent are either strongly or weakly affiliated as a Republican in 2008. By comparison, 31 percent identified as Republican in 2004.

“Overall, these shifting Catholic attitude trends ... may favor the Democrats and Obama,” said Mark Gray, director of CARA Catholic Polls....

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Just to clarify, 'The Catholic Knight' does not endorse John McCain or the Republican Party, but at the same time, the news that a majority of U.S. Catholics plan to vote for an extremely radical pro-abortion politician like Barack Hussein Obama, is very discouraging.