In Brazil – home to the world’s largest Catholic population – a majority of Catholics are in favor of allowing priests to marry.
This Pew Research Center analysis harnesses computational techniques to identify, collect and analyze the sermons that U.S. churches livestream or share on their websites each week.
Catholics have less confidence in their clergy's advice than Protestants – and are less likely to claim a close relationship with clergy.
Just 31% of U.S. Catholics believe that the bread and wine used in Communion become the body and blood of Christ. Nearly seven-in-ten say the Eucharist is symbolic.
A majority of U.S. adults say recent reports of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church reflect problems that are still happening.
More than 15 years after U.S. bishops pledged “zero tolerance” for sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests, reports of previously unpublicized misconduct continue to receive wide media coverage.
Germany has seen a dramatic shift away from Protestantism – one that has greatly outpaced a decline in the share of Germans who are Catholic.
On a number of issues, Catholic partisans often express opinions more in line with their political parties' positions than with their church's teachings.
While Slovakia is majority Catholic, around seven-in-ten Czechs are religiously unaffiliated – the highest share of unaffiliated adults in 34 European countries surveyed.
The Catholic Church remains closely tied to Europe. Catholics are the largest religious group in many of the continent’s most populous countries.