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What impact has Pope Francis had on American Catholics?

What impact has Pope Francis had on American Catholics?

The Public Religion Research Institute has posted analysis of data on Catholics from their new study, The Pope Francis Effect, using data they collected from the American Values Atlas, a tool they launched in 2014 to provide current data on people of faith in America.

They note that Catholicism has held steady in popularity for four decades, although the ethnic and and racial composition has changed radically; 22% of Americans are Catholic, and the ratio of white to Hispanic is 2 to 1, having dramatically shifted from the 90s, when it was roughly 10 to 1.

Pope Francis is seen as favorable by Catholics, non-Catholics, and former Catholics alike, but his popularity does not seem to spill over to the Church for non-Catholics. While Catholics have become more positive toward their church, non-catholics generally mixed view has held steady.

The article links to their full survey, and highlights more data from the American Values Atlas.


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Rod Gillis

What impact has Francis had? September 9th is International buy a priest a beer day. Perhaps we can discuss it then over a pint?

Marshall Scott

Wait, what? Is that an ecumenical celebration? ‘Cause, if someone is buying I might well accept the opportunity.

That said, I will remember that September 9 is the day we honor Constance, Nun, and her companions, commonly known as the Martyrs of Memphis. It recalls those who stayed in Memphis, Tennessee, during summers of yellow fever to care for the ill, many of whom died in the practice. In Memphis it is in fact an ecumenical remembrance, because each faith community recalls their own members who stayed in the face of the epidemic to care for the poor.

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