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Study Sees Church Rebounding From Scandal
The New York Times ^ | May 18, 2006 | LAURIE GOODSTEIN

Posted on 05/18/2006 7:02:29 AM PDT by presidio9

A new study has found that the scandal over sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church has not caused American Catholics to leave the church, or to stop attending Mass and donating to their parishes.

The study shows that Catholic participation in church life and satisfaction with church leadership dropped noticeably at the height of the scandal in 2002, but has now largely rebounded to prescandal levels.

The only significant decline is in the percentage of Catholics who contributed to diocesan financial appeals, annual campaigns that are usually run by bishops. While the percentage of Catholics who contributed to their local parishes remained steady, those who gave to diocesan appeals dropped to 29 percent in 2005 from 38 percent in April 2002.

"There's been an expectation that there would be more Catholics exiting the faith, and clearly the polls show that there wasn't any evidence of that," said Mark M. Gray, research associate at the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University, which conducted the study.

"It's a reflection of how resilient religious faith can be — that Catholics were able to disconnect their own personal faith from what was occurring among a group of clergy at a specific time in history," Dr. Gray said. "Their faith was bigger than these events. Clearly there was a lot of dissatisfaction, but people remain Catholic."

The center based the study on 10 national telephone polls of adult Catholics conducted since January 2001. Most included 1,000 or more respondents, but since the number of people polled varied each time, the margin of sampling error varied from plus or minus 2.1 percentage points to plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.

The sexual abuse crisis, which first erupted in the Archdiocese of Boston in early 2002,

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: abusivepriests; homosexualpriests

1 posted on 05/18/2006 7:02:30 AM PDT by presidio9
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To: presidio9
This is from the New York Times???
2 posted on 05/18/2006 7:06:16 AM PDT by Ken522
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3 posted on 05/18/2006 7:07:51 AM PDT by presidio9 ("Bird Flu" is the new Y2K virus -only without the inconvenient deadline.)
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To: presidio9
It's a reflection of how resilient religious faith can be

yeah. so is 2000 years of vital history.

4 posted on 05/18/2006 7:08:21 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (It takes courage to live. Hence, the "culture of death...")
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To: Ken522
This is from the New York Times???

Big demographic here.

5 posted on 05/18/2006 7:08:58 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (It takes courage to live. Hence, the "culture of death...")
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To: presidio9

The power of prayer.


6 posted on 05/18/2006 7:09:04 AM PDT by frogjerk (LIBERALISM: The perpetual insulting of common sense.)
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To: Ken522

Which is one of the reasons I posted it to Front Page
News. Apparently the Mod wasn't bright enough to grasp that.


7 posted on 05/18/2006 7:09:18 AM PDT by presidio9 ("Bird Flu" is the new Y2K virus -only without the inconvenient deadline.)
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To: presidio9

I dont know about other places, but they had a big donation appeal last year that was a first for me. They asked for large contributions and made up some sort of story, when most of us actually thought the money was going to pay for the law suits over the pedophile priests.

Most of us still believe that. Anyway a lot of p[eople ponied up for this special appeal. Lots of money. Then along comes the Cardinals appeal. Well: there is just so may times you can go to the well. Thats whats hurting the Bishops or Cardinals appeals IMO.


8 posted on 05/18/2006 7:09:40 AM PDT by sgtbono2002
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9 posted on 05/18/2006 7:11:18 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: presidio9

Sex scandals in public schools haven't swayed Americans from sending their children there.

Sex scandals in the UN (rape, child prostitution, sexual slavery) hasn't shaken the left's support of this outdated relic.


10 posted on 05/18/2006 7:11:21 AM PDT by weegee (Slowly but surely and deliberately, converativism is being made a thoughtcrime.)
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To: presidio9
"The gates of hell shall not prevail against it..."
11 posted on 05/18/2006 7:11:40 AM PDT by Theoden (Fidei Defensor)
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To: the invisib1e hand

BTTT!


12 posted on 05/18/2006 7:12:26 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: presidio9

Well it IS an unreliable source...


13 posted on 05/18/2006 7:12:40 AM PDT by weegee (Slowly but surely and deliberately, converativism is being made a thoughtcrime.)
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To: presidio9
The percentage of Catholics who say they attend Mass at least once a week also held steady from September 2000 to September 2005 at 33 percent, with a slight rise to 39 percent immediately after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to the center's polls.

The closer this number gets to %100 the better this country and the world will be.

14 posted on 05/18/2006 7:13:51 AM PDT by frogjerk (LIBERALISM: The perpetual insulting of common sense.)
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To: frogjerk

**The closer this number gets to %100 the better this country and the world will be.**

Amen!


15 posted on 05/18/2006 7:17:24 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: presidio9

Nice to hear some positive news about the Church in the secular media once in a while!


16 posted on 05/18/2006 7:17:56 AM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: Theoden
"The gates of hell shall not prevail against it..."

I'd rather stay and fight for my Church.

17 posted on 05/18/2006 7:18:09 AM PDT by sneakers
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To: presidio9
This increase is happening in lots of places!

Hong Kong diocese to baptize 2,400 catechumens
Catholic, Mormon, and Pentecostal Churches Fastest Growing
This Year's Intake (the newest members of the Tiber Swim Team)

Thousands to Join Catholic Church Holy Saturday
This Catholic church is born again (Evangelical approach helps attendance soar)
400 local (Palm Beach) Catholic converts enter new faith
Baptism of adults increasing steadily in France
The number of young parishioners growing in the Russian Church
There Is a Catholic Oasis in Dubai. And Another Has Sprung Up in Venice

Six million African Muslims leave Islam per year
The numbers game: Stats give picture of Pope John Paul's pontificate
Study Sees Church Rebounding From Scandal

18 posted on 05/18/2006 7:19:56 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: presidio9

"The only significant decline is in the percentage of Catholics who contributed to diocesan financial appeals, annual campaigns that are usually run by bishops."

That might be good as well - maybe they are giving to more worthy groups. Some of the bishops will waste that money, there are better options for evangelization, like:

EWTN - https://www.ewtn.com/ewtn/ssl/donation/donation_ewtn.asp

and Aid to the Church in Need -
http://www.kirche-in-not.org/index_s.html


19 posted on 05/18/2006 7:23:01 AM PDT by Nihil Obstat
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In any event, I find it amusing that the Times always seems to send reporters with names like Laurie Goodstein to cover stories about the Catholic Church.


20 posted on 05/18/2006 7:25:49 AM PDT by presidio9 ("Bird Flu" is the new Y2K virus -only without the inconvenient deadline.)
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To: sneakers

I'm on your side!


21 posted on 05/18/2006 7:29:51 AM PDT by Theoden (Fidei Defensor)
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To: presidio9

"And Simon Peter answered him: Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life."


22 posted on 05/18/2006 7:41:30 AM PDT by Rutles4Ever
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To: presidio9

"In any event, I find it amusing that the Times always seems to send reporters with names like Laurie Goodstein to cover stories about the Catholic Church."

I was thinking the exact same thing.

I do not give to the Cardinal's Appeal because I am still pretty angry with how the pedophile scandal was handled (or mishandled) in the beginning. In my own community, we are active participants in the parish. In a fairly small town, we had about 120 2nd graders receive their First Communion a couple weeks ago, it was a pretty special sight to see (my son was one of them).


23 posted on 05/18/2006 7:42:22 AM PDT by KEmom (Please send viable Republican candidates to Massachusetts!!)
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To: weegee

The far-worse and far-higher number of sex crimes committed against children in the public schools has not been covered in the media.


25 posted on 05/18/2006 7:48:45 AM PDT by bornacatholic (Pope Paul VI. "Use of the old Ordo Missae is in no way left to the choice of priests or people.")
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To: presidio9
The only significant decline is in the percentage of Catholics who contributed to diocesan financial appeals, annual campaigns that are usually run by bishops. While the percentage of Catholics who contributed to their local parishes remained steady, those who gave to diocesan appeals dropped to 29 percent in 2005 from 38 percent in April 2002.

That's me. I object to the bishop forcing our priests to show a video during Mass in place of a sermon when the annual appeal kicks off. And I think the funds are horribly misappropriated, with not nearly enough going toward generating vocations, supporting excellent seminarians and doing evangelical work.

During the Appeal, we send our donation directly to the local seminary, to the FSSP in Nebraska, or some other cause. Sadly, until a bishop demonstrates that he can be trusted, I'm very hesitant to support him financially.
26 posted on 05/18/2006 7:57:36 AM PDT by Antoninus (The Da Vinci Code is the religious equivalent Fahrenheit 911.)
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To: KEmom
(my son was one of them).

Congradulations and "welcome."

27 posted on 05/18/2006 7:59:35 AM PDT by presidio9 ("Bird Flu" is the new Y2K virus -only without the inconvenient deadline.)
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To: Nihil Obstat
Some of the bishops will waste that money, there are better options for evangelization, like: EWTN

Exactly. EWTN has done more to bring new Catholics into the Church than all the American bishops combined.
28 posted on 05/18/2006 8:01:19 AM PDT by Antoninus (The Da Vinci Code is the religious equivalent Fahrenheit 911.)
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To: presidio9
Our little church is running way behind on the Bishop's Appeal, but it's not for lack of effort. We have two Catholic churches in our small city. The Cathedral enjoys the participation of the area's wealthier folk, whereas our smaller church serves a greater percentage of the less well-off.

On a positive note, however, enrollment in the joint Catholic elementary school has risen so much that some are hoping for the return of the Catholic high school, which had to be closed over a decade ago.

29 posted on 05/18/2006 8:32:29 AM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: Antoninus

I'm a big fan of the parish's St. Vincent dePaul Society.


30 posted on 05/18/2006 8:34:06 AM PDT by perez24 (Dirty deeds, done dirt cheap.)
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31 posted on 05/18/2006 9:21:17 AM PDT by NYer (Discover the beauty of the Eastern Catholic Churches - freepmail me for more information.)
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To: sgtbono2002

The Catholic Cardinals and Bishops are guilty of using donations to hire lawyers to coverup all of their misdeeds.
These Cardinals are not dumb or ignorant, they know what they are doing when they cover up the pedophilia activity of the clergy.






After scandal erupted in 2002 Mahony admitted to leaving eight accused molesters in ministry as cardinal in Los Angeles. That includes Michael Baker, who admitted to Mahony in 1986 that he had molested several youths, but who Mahony kept in ministry for 14 years. Baker was charged with 34 counts of molestation, which were dismissed as a result of the Supreme Court ruling. And it includes Michael Wempe, who faces new criminal charges after 42 counts of sex crimes were dismissed last year.

Yet Mahony states that even in the 1980s he knew he must remove priests from ministry when he received credible allegations of molestation. "I knew that we wanted priests serving in our parishes who were not going to be a danger to anybody," he testified. But he also said that O’Grady’s admitted sexual urges toward a 9-year-old would not lead to his removal. Last Thursday, Mahony told a reporter from CNN that the protocol of the 1980s was to leave accused priests in ministry because, "We misunderstood pedophilia to be a moral weakness or a sin, something that could be dealt with through spiritual counseling. We now know that is inadequate." Mahony has offered similar explanations to explain Baker, Wempe and others who remained in ministry well into the 1990s.





http://www.laweekly.com/news/news/cardinal-untruths/1101/


32 posted on 05/18/2006 10:58:27 AM PDT by petkus
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To: presidio9
Satan's loss.

I know some teenagers were using this as a reason to leave the church back at the height of the worst news. Perhaps they would have left anyway, and it provided a convenient rationale.

33 posted on 05/19/2006 1:00:57 PM PDT by Dumb_Ox (http://kevinjjones.blogspot.com)
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