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Study: Over Half of South Jersey's Catholics Believe That Jesus Sinned
Christian Post ^ | 05/07/2012 | Jeff Schapiro

Posted on 05/07/2012 2:39:34 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Although the sinless life of Jesus Christ is a foundational tenet of the Christian faith, a study recently released by the Diocese of Camden found that 60 percent of practicing Catholics in southern New Jersey believe Jesus sinned during his time on Earth.

"The number of Catholics who have a very flawed, a seriously flawed, understanding of who Jesus is, that's troublesome," Bishop Joseph Galante of the Diocese of Camden said during a press conference, USA Today reports. "We've got to re-focus on how we teach and inform people. Jesus is the foundation of who we are as Catholics."

The study was commissioned by the diocese with the hope that the results would help it to better evangelize the communities it serves. The study was conducted by the Barna Group, a Ventura, Calif.-based research organization, which surveyed 612 adults living in the six New Jersey counties within the diocese.

Of those surveyed, 34 percent identified themselves as Catholic, but there are some discrepancies between what the church teaches and what some of them believe.

For example, the study showed that four out of ten of these Catholics disagree with the idea that sex should be reserved solely for marriage. While 38 percent of the total residents living within the Camden Diocese agree strongly with the idea that the Bible is "totally accurate in all of the principles it teaches," only 28 percent of Catholics in the diocese believe the same.

Another major issue Galante discussed during the press conference was the high number of Catholics in his diocese who simply don't attend Mass. One-third of lapsed Catholics said they have other priorities or are too busy to attend, while others said they just aren't interested in church (27 percent).

"What intrigued me in particular was the high number of people who don't attend Mass simply because they have other priorities," said Galante.

"One of the things we need to do is emphasize that worship time can also be part of family time as well. These findings are both troubling and a challenge as we begin to deepen our evangelization efforts."

Peter Feuerherd, director of communications for the Diocese of Camden, told The Christian Post on Monday that another thing that struck him from the study was the low percentage of Catholics who invite others to church. The study found that Catholics (33 percent) were half as likely as Protestants (66 percent) to invite someone to visit their church.

"I find that the 'ask' is so important, and Catholics are not in the habit of the 'ask.' Even our parishes are not in the habit of the ask," said Feuerherd.

He also indicated that a major issue all churches have to deal with is the tendency for people to want to always be productive in the American culture. Those who don't take time off from work on the weekends are honored in our society, he says, and other "distractions" like youth sporting events and various forms of entertainment can sometimes take away from church attendance.

"I think we have lost ... the idea that whatever that Sabbath day is, it is valuable. It's important that people have it," he said.

Other interesting findings from the study:

-Of the Catholics surveyed, 38 percent favor attending church only on holidays.

-Among all of the adults surveyed, 51 percent said churches are "too involved" in opposing abortion or same-sex marriage.

-Nine out of ten (89 percent) adults said they know about the clergy abuse scandals that have occurred within the Catholic Church. Among those who are aware of the scandals, 89 percent consider it a "major issue."

-Only 18 percent of Catholics strongly agree that it is their personal responsibility to share their religious beliefs with others, as compared to 40 percent of Protestants and 36 percent of people who believe in non-Christian faiths.


TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Religion & Culture; Theology
KEYWORDS: catholic; catholics; jesus; sin; southjersey
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1 posted on 05/07/2012 2:39:42 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

bmflr


2 posted on 05/07/2012 2:42:32 PM PDT by DarthVader (Politicians govern out of self interest, Statesmen govern for a Vision greater than themselves)
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To: DarthVader
Sinned? Don't know.

But he came close when he drove the money-changers from the Temple with a whip.

3 posted on 05/07/2012 2:45:27 PM PDT by eCSMaster (Conservative patriots, Rise up!)
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To: SeekAndFind
These popular movies/shows might have something to do with it...


4 posted on 05/07/2012 2:45:34 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

On the small-scale, a person’s religious knowledge is their own problem. Lots of lapsed Catholics, or “not practicing” Catholics, or cultural Catholics that don’t know anything by their own doing. Willful ignorance.

But, on the large-scale, with percentages like that ... sounds like there’s a church problem, too. You’ve got to teach people better than that. If just one of those people is in your church — you’ve got to do a better job.

SnakeDoc


5 posted on 05/07/2012 2:46:19 PM PDT by SnakeDoctor ("I've shot people I like more for less." -- Raylan Givens, Justified)
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To: SeekAndFind

Jersey. Enough said.


6 posted on 05/07/2012 2:47:52 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: SeekAndFind

They’ve been reading too much Dan Brown.


7 posted on 05/07/2012 2:48:43 PM PDT by jimmygrace
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To: SeekAndFind

Splendid! The only way from here is UP!

After Mr. Obama is re-elected, we can get their eyes opened yet further and start the praying on our bloody knees.


8 posted on 05/07/2012 2:48:52 PM PDT by If You Want It Fixed - Fix It
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To: SeekAndFind

People may call themselves whatever they wish (i.e. Christian etc.) That don’t make it so. You’ve got to ask yourself if these people have ever read the Bible.


9 posted on 05/07/2012 2:50:46 PM PDT by old school
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RE: They’ve been reading too much Dan Brown.

Or maybe LISTENING to it.

10 posted on 05/07/2012 2:51:17 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: old school

RE: You’ve got to ask yourself if these people have ever read the Bible.

And if they do... BELIEVE IT.


11 posted on 05/07/2012 2:52:07 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
As my fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Woltman, at St. Isidore's would say:

That's blasphemy!
12 posted on 05/07/2012 2:52:57 PM PDT by andyk (Go Juan Pablo!)
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To: eCSMaster

Righteous anger is not a sin, especially when it comes from the One Who has sole rights to judging the wicked.


13 posted on 05/07/2012 2:53:41 PM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: SnakeDoctor
"You’ve got to teach people better than that."

Amen. Many in the Church recognize that the common denominator among the ex-Catholics, cafeteria Catholics, lapsed Catholics, CINOs and converts to other faiths and denominations is poor catechesis. Most know very little beyond the post Vatican II anecdotal and urban legend doctrines of the Church. Too often this is reinforced by the secular society and those who otherwise hate the Catholic Church. We are taking steps to correct this. Unfortunately, what has taken over 40 years to do cannot be undone over night.

Peace be to you.

14 posted on 05/07/2012 2:57:29 PM PDT by Natural Law (God, be merciful to me, the sinner!)
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To: eCSMaster

By definition, God cannot sin. Christians are supposed to believe that Jesus is God. QED.


15 posted on 05/07/2012 2:57:50 PM PDT by Argus
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To: SnakeDoctor
People have to absorb what they are taught. This phenomenon of spiritual sloth isn't unique to Catholicism. There are quite a few self proclaimed protestant "Bible believers" on this forum who have no idea what Scripture actually says, yet proudly wail that they are indeed Christians.

"And that servant who knew the will of his lord, and prepared not himself, and did not according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he that knew not, and did things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. And unto whomsoever much is given, of him much shall be required: and to whom they have committed much, of him they will demand the more." Luke 12:47-48

16 posted on 05/07/2012 3:00:29 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: jimmygrace

An acquaintance once told me that he lost his faith after watching the first Dan brown movie. I told him it was fiction. He said “Yeah, but still...”. He was offended when I suggested that his faith may not have been that solid to begin with.


17 posted on 05/07/2012 3:02:36 PM PDT by Eagles6
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To: jimmygrace

An acquaintance once told me that he lost his faith after watching the first Dan brown movie. I told him it was fiction. He said “Yeah, but still...”. He was offended when I suggested that his faith may not have been that solid to begin with.


18 posted on 05/07/2012 3:02:54 PM PDT by Eagles6
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To: SeekAndFind

Yes and over half vote democrat. They would do well to check out a Bible believing Sunday School class.


19 posted on 05/07/2012 3:03:16 PM PDT by Maudeen (Proverbs 3:5-6)
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To: SeekAndFind

If Jesus sinned then we have no messiah and certainly no Salvation...


20 posted on 05/07/2012 3:03:46 PM PDT by ColdSteelTalon (Light is fading to shadow, and casting its shroud over all we have known...)
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