What was your religious background?
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(02-08-2020, 11:22 AM)SeekerofChrist Wrote:
(02-08-2020, 10:57 AM)Teresa Agrorum Wrote: "I wish I could find data on this in the wider trad movement. How many of us were raised Catholic, how many in the post-V2 era, and how many have reverted or laterally moved to TLM as well as converted?"

Perhaps someone would draw up a poll.

From what I understand, doing even a poll of the traditional Catholic movement would be expensive and time consuming. The problem is how decentralized the movement is. That's why there isn't any solid data on the traditional Catholic movement and won't be for quite a long time.
I wonder if a sociologist of religion might take this on? (Where are you now, Fr. Andrew Greeley (!)?) On a related theme, a recent convert to Catholicism, a prolific British professor, has followed up acclaimed studies of secularism and atheism with his 2019 book. It's more data-driven than narrative, from Oxford UP, but it examines the fallout the past half-century in England and the U.S. as to Catholic participation or alienation.

"Over fifty years on, however, the statistics speak for themselves. In America, only 15% of cradle Catholics say that they attend Mass on a weekly basis; meanwhile, 35% no longer even tick the 'Catholic box' on surveys. In Britain, the signs are direr still. Of those raised Catholic, just 13% still attend Mass weekly, and 37% say they have 'no religion'. But is this all the fault of Vatican II, and its runaway reforms? Or are wider social, cultural, and moral forces primarily to blame? Catholicism is not the only Christian group to have suffered serious declines since the 1960s. If anything Catholics exhibit higher church attendance, and better retention, than most Protestant churches do. If Vatican II is not the cause of Catholicism's crisis, might it instead be the secret to its comparative success?" (from publisher's blurb)

Mass Exodus: Catholic Disaffiliation in Britain and America since Vatican II
  • Offers the first serious historical and sociological study of Catholic lapsation and disaffiliation
  • Draws on a wide range of theological, historical, and sociological sources to offers a comparative study of secularization across two famously contrasting religious cultures: Britain and the USA
  • Features never-before-published analyses of nationally representative datasets and other significant statistics
  • Provides a thought-provoking reappraisal of the success/failure of the reforms following Vatican II, on their own terms
    Stephen Bullivant is Professor of Theology and the Sociology of Religion at St Mary's University, London. He is Director of the Benedict XVI Centre for Religion and Society. An award-winning scholar, Bullivant's research and teaching interests are wide-ranging and interdisciplinary. Most notably, they include several areas of Catholic theology, and the social-scientific study of religion and atheism/secularity. His publications include The Oxford Dictionary of Atheism (co-authored with Lois Lee; 2016), The Oxford Handbook of Atheism (co-edited with Michael Ruse; 2016), The Trinity: How Not to Be a Heretic (2015), and The Salvation of Atheists and Catholic Dogmatic Theology (2012).
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RE: What was your religious background? - by Fionnchu - 02-08-2020, 07:37 PM



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