Friday, June 20, 2008

Sacraments Today: Belief and Practice among US. Catholics

In February 2008, the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University surveyed 1,007 self-identified adult Catholics in the United States from Knowledge Networks large national panel of households, which is assembled by regular random telephone survey methods (probability sampling). The primary focus of the survey is participation in the sacramental life of the Church as well as beliefs about the sacraments. The poll also addresses many other issues of importance to the Church, including other forms of participation in Church life and other teachings of Catholicism. A survey with this number of respondents has a margin of sampling error of ±3.1 percentage points. As a rule of thumb, every 1 percentage point of the total adult Catholic population is equivalent to approximately 500,000 persons. The following are the primary topic areas of the survey:

How Catholics have entered the Church
The general sacramental lives of Catholics
The Mass and Eucharist
Anointing of the Sick
Ordinations and vocations
Religious devotions and practices in daily life
General Catholic beliefs and attitudes
Parish life in a time of fewer priests
Satisfaction with Church leaders
Here is a link to the slides from the CARA PowerPoint presentation for the June 12, 2008 Meetings of the USCCB in Orlando, FL:
This link is for more detailed info from CARA on other aspects of the study:

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