- Jan 18, 2020
After more than a year of media headlines dominated by Catholic sexual abuse scandals, NBC News has conducted a new survey with insiders in the Catholic Church showing most believe the crisis has been handled well by their dioceses, and that abuse is no more common in the Church than in other organizations.
While a survey of more than 54,000 Americans showed little change in their attitudes between 2014 and 2018 on the legality of abortion, researchers detected movement in many demographic groups, Catholics included.
Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo told the U.S. bishops that responses to a survey taken in preparation for next year’s Synod of Bishops on youth indicate that church leaders have work to do to walk with young people and address challenges they face, but he also said there has been some positive growth in young people’s faith, especially for those in high school and college.
A new study, “America’s Changing Religious Identity,” shows Americans are also continuing to move away from organized religion altogether, as atheists, agnostics and those who say they do not identify with any particular religion — the group known as the “nones” — hold steady at about one-quarter (24 percent) of the population.
A new survey found that 15 percent of people in Britain consider themselves to be Anglican, compared to about 30 percent in 2000. The proportion of people who say they are Catholic has remained consistent, however, at about 10 percent for the past three decades. About 6 percent belong to non-Christian religions, an increase of 2 percent since 1983. Seventy-one percent of people ages 18-24 said they had no religion, up from 62 percent in 2015.
In line with the dramatic overall shift in attitudes about same-sex marriage in the past decade, a recent survey found that a majority of people within most U.S. religious groups don’t approve of businesses invoking their religious beliefs to refuse service to gays.