More on Catholics in the Pew Forum Religious Landscape Survey, Part II
Here are some more areas where Catholics differ from the national trends shown in the Pew Forum Religious Landscape Survey.
Catholics are more likely to believe in heaven (82% vs. 74%) than the nation as a whole, but are just as likely to believe in hell (60% vs. 59%).
Catholics are also more likely to believe in evolution (58% vs. 48% for the nation).
Catholics are more likely to be members of a congregation (67% vs. 61%) than the national as a whole, but their participation in congregation activities such as choir, volunteer work, work with children or social activities tend to be lower (31% vs. 37%). This may be partially due to the fact that Catholic congregations tend to be larger.
Catholics still read the scriptures less than typical Americans. Only 21% of Catholics say they read the scriptures daily compared to 35% of the nation. Fifty-seven percent of Catholics say they seldom or never read the scriptures compared to 45% of the nation.
Likewise, only 29% of Catholics say they participate in prayer groups or other religious activities at least once a month, compared to 40% for the nation.
Sixty two percent of Catholics say they seldom or never share their faith with others, compared to 47% for the nation.
Only 36% of Catholics think their church should "preserve its traditions and practices," while 57% think it should "adjust to new circumstances" or "adopt modern beliefs and practices." For the nation, the numbers are 44% and 47%.
Catholics are less likely to think there is a conflict between religion and modern society than the nation (34% vs. 40%).
When given a series of choices, Catholics are less likely to say their religion is what most influences their thinking about government and public affairs (9% vs. 14%) than the nation as a whole.
Catholics like all Americans believe that “good diplomacy is the best way to ensure peace,” but by slightly greater margins (64% vs. 59%).