ISBN-10:
0742552152
ISBN-13:
9780742552159
Pub. Date:
03/26/2007
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
American Catholics Today: New Realities of Their Faith and Their Church / Edition 1

American Catholics Today: New Realities of Their Faith and Their Church / Edition 1

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Overview

The Catholic Church has had a tumultuous recent history, in the wake of the election of a new pope and the sex abuse scandals, and the views of Catholic lay people have not stood untouched. What ore the effects of these events upon Catholics' beliefs? How do beliefs of older and younger generations of Catholics differ? Using key Gallup surveys from 1987 to 2005, this book reveals a rift between Catholics born before and after Vatican II and suggests that the future will find more Catholics making decisions about their own faith and fewer who are fervently committed to church life. This discussion is vital to anyone concerned with American Catholicism and its future.

About the Author:
William V. D'Antonio is a fellow of the Life Cycle Institute, Catholic University of America

About the Author:
James D. Davidson is professor of sociology at Purdue University

About the Author:
Dean R. Hoge is a fellow of the Life Cycle Institute, Catholic University of America

About the Author:
Mary L. Gautier is senior research associate and research associate professor at CARA, Georgetown University

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742552159
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 03/26/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 214
Product dimensions: 6.04(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

William V. D'Antonio is Fellow of the Life Cycle Institute, Catholic University of America. James D. Davidson is professor of sociology at Purdue University. Dean R. Hoge is Fellow of the Life Cycle Institute, Catholic University of America. Mary Gautier is senior research associate and research associate professor at CARA, Georgetown University.

Table of Contents


Foreword   Reverend Gerald F. Kicanas, Bishop of Tucson     vii
Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction: Catholic Laity, Catholic Faith, and the Catholic Church     1
Catholic Identity: Analysis and Trends     15
American Catholics' Commitment to the Institutional Church     37
The Sacraments: Trends and Variations     49
Problems Facing the Catholic Church     67
American Catholics and Church Authority     85
Church Leadership and Lay Involvement     105
Religion and Politics among American Catholics     123
Conclusions: Summary and Implications     141
Catholic Education     157
Hispanic Catholics     165
The 2005 Gallup Survey     173
References     185
Index     193
About the Authors     203

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If you want to know who Catholics are, how they feel, and what they think, this is the book to read.

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