Religion Mar. 18, 2013

U.S. Catholics Happy with Pope Selection

Nearly three-quarters of U.S. Catholics say they are happy with the selection of Pope Francis. But they are divided over how big a change he represents for the church.

Religion Mar. 18, 2013

Latin America’s Catholics in the Spotlight

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina will be formally installed as Pope Francis on Tuesday, March 19, becoming the first pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church from Latin America.

Religion Mar. 13, 2013

“Strong” Catholic Identity at a Four-Decade Low

The percentage of U.S. Catholics who consider themselves “strong” members of the Roman Catholic Church has never been lower than it was in 2012. The decline is starker when compared with Protestants.

Religion Mar. 6, 2013

Views of the Catholic Church’s Problems and Contributions

U.S. Catholics see sex abuse as the church’s most important problem and charity as its most important contribution.

Religion Mar. 5, 2013

Religious Observance Among European Catholics Holds Steady

Pope Benedict XVI was dedicated to combating secularization, but there was no marked resurgence of faith in Europe.

Religion Mar. 1, 2013

Obama Administration Weighs in on Gay Marriage Case

News outlets reported last night that the Obama administration has submitted a “friend-of-the-court” brief on the legal challenge to California’s gay marriage ban (Proposition 8), which will be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on March 26.

Religion Feb. 22, 2013

Obama Administration Weighs Intervention in Gay Marriage Case

News outlets are reporting that the Obama administration may submit a “friend-of-the-court” brief on the legal challenge to California’s gay marriage ban (Proposition 8), which will be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on March 26.

Religion Feb. 21, 2013

U.S. Catholics Divided On Church’s Direction Under New Pope

Three-quarters of American Catholics have a favorable view of Pope Benedict XVI, but many also express a desire for change.

Religion Feb. 14, 2013

Illinois Senate to Vote on Same-Sex Marriage Bill

The Illinois Senate is scheduled to vote today on a measure that would legalize same-sex marriage in the state.

Religion Feb. 13, 2013

The Shifting Global Catholic Population

Catholics have made up a remarkably stable share of the global population over the past century, but their geographic distribution has shifted significantly during that time.