The Catholic “Man-Crisis”

by Fr Richard Heilman | February 26, 2015 11:06 am

By Matthew Christoff:

There is a serious “man-crisis” in the Catholic Church. It is widespread and serious. Unless the Church, including its bishops, priests and lay men begin to take notice and make the evangelization of Catholic men a priority, the Catholic Church in the west will decay, as more and more men abandon the Church. There can be no New Evangelization unless there is a New Emangelization, creating generations of Catholic men who are on fire for Jesus Christ and His Catholic Church. Here are some of the statistics that are part of a growing New Emangelization data base that documents the extent of the Catholic “man-crisis”:

Unchecked, the exodus of Catholic men from the faith is likely to continue as men become increasingly casual about Catholicism.

Casual Catholic men lack passion for the faith.

Catholic men’s ambivalence about Catholicism results in low involvement.

For comparison, Catholic men are less passionate about faith than other Christian men.

The prevalence of so many Casual Catholic Men matters, for it will further weaken the Church in future years.

The loss of Catholic men and the growing numbers of Casual Catholic men have other negative effects on parishes and the Church.

 

 

[1][46]    Luis Lugo et al., “Faith in Flux,” The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life (April 2009): 1. Estimate based on: a) Pew notes that 9% of U.S. Adults have left Catholicism, b) U.S. Census data that shows there are 250 million U.S. adults and that men represent 49% of adults.

[2][47]   Luis Lugo et al., “U.S. Religious Landscape Survey,” The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life (June 2008): 63.

[3][48] “Gallup Poll of Catholics, 2005”, Question 18, http://www.thearda.com/Archive/Files/Codebooks/GALLUP05_CB.asp.

[4][49] Ibid., Question 19.

[5][50] Mark M. Gray and Paul M. Perl, “Sacraments Today: Belief and Practice among U.S. Catholics”, Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate – “CARA” (April 2008): 100.

[6][51] Ibid., 100.

[7][52] Ibid., 103.

[8][53] Lugo, “U.S. Religious Landscape Survey”, 29.

[9][54] Gallup, 2005, Question 21.

[10][55] CARA, 2008: 100.

[11][56] CARA, 2008: 41.

[12][57] “Gallup Survey of Chicago Catholics, 2007”, Question 126, http://www.thearda.com/Archive/Files/Codebooks/CHICATH_CB.asp.

[13][58] Gallup, 2007, Question 130.

[14][59] Gallup 2007, Question 61.

[15][60] Gallup 2007, Question 62.

[16][61] CARA 2008, 47.

[17][62] CARA 2008, 66.

[18][63] CARA 2008, 108.

[19][64] CARA 2008, 108.

[20][65] Gallup 2007, Question 63.

[21][66] Gallup 2007, Question 137.

[22][67] Gallup 2005, Question 23.

[23][68]   “Gallup Poll of Catholics (1987),” Question 48, http://www.thearda.com/Archive/Files/Descriptions/GALLUP87.asp.

[24][69]   Gallup 2005, Question 75.

[25][70]   Gallup 2005, Question 59.

[26][71]   Gallup 2005, Question 5.

[27][72]   Gallup 2005, Question 94.

[28][73]  CARA 2008, 57.

[29][74]  CARA 2008, 38.

[30][75] Gallup 2005, Question 60.

[31][76] Gallup 2007, Question 157.

[32][77] “U.S. Religious Landscape Survey (2008),” 24.

[33][78] “U.S. Religious Landscape Survey (2008),” 29.

[34][79] “U.S. Religious Landscape Survey (2008),” 46.

[35][80] Christopher Smith and Patricia Snell, Souls in Transition (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009), 114.

[36][81] “Souls in Transition,” 129.

[37][82] Gallup 2005, Question 22.

[38][83] Gallup 1987, Question 48.

[39][84] Gallup 2005, Question 75.

[40][85] Smith and Snell, 128-129.

[41][86] Barry A. Kosmin, et al., “American Nones: The Profile of the No Religion Population,” American Religious Identification Survey (2008): 5,7.

[42][87] Gallup 2005, Question 75.

[43][88] David C. Leege and Thomas A. Trozzolo, “Participation in Catholic Parish Life: Religious Rites and Parish Activities in the 1980s,” Notre Dame Study of Catholic Parish Life, Issue 3 (1985): 14.

[44][89]   C. Kirk Hadaway, “Facts on Growth,” Hartford Institute for Religion Research (2006): 4.

[45][90] Attributed to evangelist, Sid Woodruff: www.e-n.org/2790-A-man%27s-influence.htm.

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