The authors summarize existing data on Catholic laity's views toward the Church itself, as measured using nationwide polls. Based on a 1993 national survey, Laity: American and Catholic reports important trends in the attitudes of Catholic laity regarding church teachings, their participation in church ministry, and the Church's overall role in their lives.
William V. D'Antonio is Adjunct Research professor at the Catholic University of America. James D. Davidson is professor of Sociology at Purdue University. Dean R. Hoge is Professor of Sociology at the Catholic University of America. Ruth A. Wallace is a Professor of Sociology at George Washington University.