Thursday, August 27, 2009

And the Numbers Say...


A survey conducted by Georgetown's University's Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate has found that Catholics in the United States favor the availability of the Latin Mass by a margin of 2:1.

When asked "Do you favor as an alternative to the newer Mass, bringing back the older Latin Tridentine Mass for those who would prefer this option?"
* 25% were in favor
* 12% opposed
* 63% had no opinion

Support for the Latin Mass is higher among:
* Older Catholics
* T
hose who attend Mass weekly
* Political independents
* Those with graduate degrees

Or, as my friend Dave put it, support is highest "among God fearing, properly practicing, intelligent, educated Catholics who believe that humanity should be governed by God's laws and not man's."

A similar survey conducted in 1985 found that 40% of Catholics favored the Latin Mass.

An interesting point here is that the bishops have said for decades that they didn't want to have a Latin Mass in their diocese because no one was asking for it. It makes you wonder who they were listening to.

In any event, it appears that only 1 in 8 Catholics would resist having a Mass in Latin. Why do the bishops make 7 of 8 Catholics accommodate what a small minority thinks? For the sake of community, wouldn't it make more sense for the 12% to acquiesce?

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