American Catholics Today presents trends in American Catholic opinion from 1987 to 2005, using four identical surveys. These surveys depict trends in Catholics' views of the sacraments, church authority, church teachings in the area of sex and gender, and strength of Catholic identity. This book suggests that the future will see more Catholics making decisions about their own faith and fewer Catholics who are fervently committed to church life.
William V. D'Antonio is Fellow of the Life Cycle Institute, Catholic University of America. James D. Davidson is professor of sociology at Purdue University. Dean R. Hoge is Fellow of the Life Cycle Institute, Catholic University of America. Mary Gautier is senior research associate and research associate professor at CARA, Georgetown University.
Chapter 1 Introduction: Catholic Laity, Catholic Faith, and the Catholic Church Chapter 2 Catholic Identity: Analysis and Trends Chapter 3 American Catholics' Commitment to the Institutional Church Chapter 4 The Sacraments: Trends and Variations Chapter 5 Problems Facing the Catholic Church Chapter 6 American Catholics and Church Authority Chapter 7 Church Leadership and Lay Involvement Chapter 8 Religion and Politics among American Catholics Chapter 9 Conclusions: Summary and Implications Part 10 Appendix A -Catholic Education Part 11 Appendix B - Hispanic Catholics Part 12 Appendix C - The 2005 Gallup Survey