How much do American Catholics still identify with the Catholic Church? Do they agree with the Church's teachings, and how often do they participate in its sacraments? What do they think it takes to be a good Catholic? What do they consider to be the Church's core teachings? How do they believe issues of faith and morals should be decided: by the hierarchy, the laity, or some combination of the two? How are they coping with the priest shortage, and what do they believe the Church should do to solve the problem? How do they feel about social issues such as capital punishment and increased military spending? InAmerican Catholics, four distinguished sociologists use national surveys from 1999, 1993, and 1987 to examine these issues.
William V. D'Antonio is a visiting research professor in the Department of Sociology at the Catholic University of America. James D. Davidson is professor of sociology at Purdue University. Dean R. Hoge is professor of sociology and director of the Life Cycle Institute at the Catholic University of America. Katherine Meyer is a professor in the Department of Sociology at Ohio State University.
Chapter 1 1.Setting the Stage: Trends and Issues in American Catholicism Chapter 2 2. Our Approach to the Issues: Theory, Methods, and Significance Chapter 3 3. The New Catholic Identity Chapter 4 4. Religious Practices: Catholics' Participation in the Sacraments and Devotional Activities Chapter 5 5. Moral Authority and Sexuality Chapter 6 6. Catholics and the Church's Social Teachings Chapter 7 7. Priest Shortage and Accommodations in Ministry Chapter 8 8. Participation, Democracy, and Decision Making Chapter 9 9. Summary and Implications
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