Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Catholics No Diffirent than Mainstream Americans?

A new survey by Barna comes to the conclusion that Catholics in the US are, for the most part, no different from our mainstream counterparts. While I agree with most of the conclusions, we must read such data with a skeptical eye, because many times these kind of surveys miss the slight changes in culture that can end up tipping the scales the opposite direction. Barna concludes that
The trail of Catholicism in America is a clear example of culture influencing faith more often than faith influencing culture.
With this, I would have to disagree. Catholicism has had a major impact on culture in many ways in this country. But, we have a much lesser impact than we previously have had.

I do believe the answer is to continue to evangelize both the culture and individuals and until the Church has a return to our missionary roots in this country, we will continue to see a slide in influence.

Yes, there are many signs of hope. But, the signs are somewhat isolated. Growing, but isolated. We need an explosion of the Holy Spirit. This can only come when we overcome our fear of sharing and living out the faith.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with you. We need to spread the Gospel a bit more. I might point out that Barna is an evangelical research group, so that might tend to influence their conclusions about the research data.