Catholic Social and Pastoral Research Initiative
Welcome to the Catholic Social and Pastoral Research Initiative! Here, you can check out our latest reports and stay up to date with CSPRI news, whether it's new posts at our blog The Catholic Conversation or what we're currently reading in our Catholic Social Teaching Reading Group.
The Catholic Conversation
March 4, 2014 - Who was Fr. Augustus Tolton? With the help of the Catholic people, he could be the next saint of color. Tell us what you think here.
CSPRI Reading Group
Interested in learning more about Catholic Social Teaching from a sociological perspective? Don't miss our next weekly meeting:
Date: Friday, March 21, 2014
Time: 9:00 am - 9:45 am
Location: 300 Geddes Hall
At our next meeting, we'll be discussing paragraphs 76-109 of Evangelii Gaudium. Joy!
Coffee and tea will be provided.
RSVPs are appreciated, but not required. Newcomers are ALWAYS welcome!
New Series of Reports Explore Distinctive Catholic Traits
Our first "Distinctive Catholicism" report highlights Catholics' distinctively optimistic views regarding human nature.
Using data from a nationally representative survey, we found:
- 43% of Catholics describe human nature as basically good, whereas fewer than 31% of non-Catholics respond this way.
- Weekly attending Catholics are the most likely to view human nature as basically good.
- Weekly attending Mainline and Evangelical Protestants are less likely to view human nature as basically good than their low-attending co-religionists.
Catholics' distinctive religious optimism regarding human nature crosses many internal Catholic divisions, as it can found among self-identified traditional, moderate, and liberal Catholics. Similarly, within each generation, Catholics remain more optimistic than their Protestant peers. However, broader generational shifts are apparent as well. Younger Catholics, along with their peers in other traditions, exhibit greater ambivalence regarding human nature than earlier generations. Read this report to learn more and for a discussion of the implications of these findings for the younger generation and for our present Church.
In partnership with Christian Smith and the Center for the Study of Religion and Society, CSPRI is dedicated to social science research on and for the benefit of the Catholic Church, especially in its efforts toward education, re-evangelization, and faith formation.
For more information, contact:
Brian Starks, Director
303 Geddes Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556-4633