Monday, March 3, 2008

Changing Landscape of Religion in America

by Steve Ray on March 3, 2008

Snapshot of Religion in America: Survey Reveals a Fluid Situation

By Father John Flynn, LC
ROME, MARCH 2, 2008 ( More than one-quarter of American adults have left the faith in which they were brought up. This is one of the most important findings of a survey published last Monday by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.

As always, polls have to be taken with a grain of salt, but the "U.S. Religious Landscape Survey" was based on interviews with more than 35,000 Americans aged 18 and up, giving it greater credibility than most opinion polls. Nevertheless, the Pew Forum did warn that they relied on people's self-description of their religious affiliation, regardless of specific beliefs or if they are active members of their churches.

Not only did the study find that 28% have changed their childhood religion, but if switching among different Protestant denominations is included, a hefty 44% of adults have changed their religious status in one form or another.

Another major finding of the survey was that Protestantism will soon lose its status as the majority religion. A bare 51% now declare they are members of one of the Protestant denominations. Other surveys in the 1970s and 1980s put the Protestant numbers at between 60-65%.

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Pilgrims Filling up Israel

by Steve Ray on March 3, 2008

Custos Says New Problem Is Accommodating Growing Numbers

ROME, FEB. 24, 2008 ( Pilgrims are returning to the Holy Land, affirmed the Franciscan Custos of the region, who says he is happy to face the new problem of accommodating the growing numbers. For the whole article, click here.

We are experiencing the same "problem." Hotel space (and air space) is almost impossible to get unless I reserve them almost two years in advance. I have just reserved space for six pilgrimages in 2010 to insure that I get the hotel space and services I need.