Study: Unwavering Faith Among Chicago Catholics

CHICAGO (CBS) – Despite scandals and setbacks in the Church, the faith of Roman Catholics in Chicago appears to be unwavering.

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An unprecedented study of Chicago Catholics reveals dedication to the Church has not eroded, despite the priest sex abuse scandal, and the issue of abortion.

Like most American Catholics, Chicago parishioners gave a higher approval rating to their parish priest to Pope Benedict XVI and Francis Cardinal George, who received an approval rating of 86 percent in the study, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The study also found that Catholics in their 20s and 30s are more devout than other generations, and about 40 percent of lapsed Catholics are open to the possibility of returning.

The study surveyed more than 500 Catholics in Cook and Lake counties. The data were collected in 2007 at the University of Chicago Survey Lab, the Tribune reported.

Chicago Catholics and the Struggles within Their Church will be released officially later Wednesday. It was made possible by the Rev. Andrew Greeley ā€“ a priest, sociologist, author and columnist who suffered a severe brain injury in an accident two years ago, the Tribune reported.

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  • Mr Voter

    wait till one of those priest molest their kids….then ask them that question…

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  • Chuck

    I was raised Catholic, went to parochial schools from kindergarten into high school, was an altar boy and CCD teacher. Jesus and I have a fine relationship. but it has NOTHING to do with my Catholic upbringing. I saw or experienced firsthand so many unkind actions that I couldn’t possibly see myself even entering a Catholic church again. All of my friends from those days feel much the same. Perhaps these studies were conducted by using parish rolls. If so, the findings are already skewed. If not, I would like to know how the participants in this study were chosen.

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