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By William V. D'Antonio,James D. Davidson,Dean R. Hoge,Katherine Meyer,Bishop William B. Friend

How a lot do American Catholics nonetheless determine with the Catholic Church? Do they believe the Church's teachings, and the way usually do they perform its sacraments? What do they believe it takes to be an outstanding Catholic? What do they give thought to to be the Church's center teachings? How do they think problems with religion and morals might be determined: through the hierarchy, the laity, or a few blend of the 2? How are they dealing with the priest scarcity, and what do they think the Church may still do to resolve the matter? How do they consider approximately social concerns akin to capital punishment and elevated army spending? In American Catholics, 4 individual sociologists use nationwide surveys from 1999, 1993, and 1987 to envision those matters. They convey that Catholics' ideals and practices are altering. additionally they exhibit how changes in gender, new release, and dedication to the Church impact attitudes on all of those concerns. Balanced and transparent, choked with priceless tables and charts, and certain in its skill to check effects over the years, American Catholics makes crucial interpreting for somebody drawn to the way forward for Catholicism within the United States.

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