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Report: Catholics drowning in the mainstream

August 12, 2007

Catholics are mainstream says the report, because they are “virtually indistinguishable from people aligned with other faith groups – except in the area of faith.” Though 68% of Catholics surveyed described their religious faith as very important in their life, only 44% said they were “absolutely committed” to it (compared to 54% “of the entire adult population.”)

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In sum, according to the Barna report, Catholics have assimilated to the American mainstream; they are “more influenced by the social mainstream than by the core principles of the Christian faith,” it said. George Barna, director of the Barna Group, said in the report, “the trail of Catholicism in America is a clear example of culture influencing faith more often than faith influencing culture.” Catholic leaders “must address this spiritual drift within the body,” said Barna. “If they fail to do so, in the next quarter century American Catholicism could well lose its ability to shape people’s minds and hearts in ways that conform to the historic teachings and purposes of Christianity.”

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