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Monday, April 9, 2007
Survey shows Italian Catholics Ignorant of the Faith

This news is very disheartening. I try to consistently teach true Catholicism on this weblog and as a priest, I hope to continue teaching. I wish that more priests would educate their parishioners because this is very unsettling.

Apr. 9, 2007 ( - A survey of Italian Catholics has discovered a startling lack of basic information about the content of the faith.

A poll of 600 Catholics, conducted by the firm Ferrari, Nasi and Grisantelli for the newspaper Il Giornale, found that just 50% of respondents knew that Jesus Christ had composed the “Our Father,” while 56% could correctly identify the Holy Trinity, and 23% did not know that Easter is the feast celebrating Jesus’ resurrection. 59% were unable to name the four evangelists while 24% do not recognize that Jesus is both God and man.

While 60% of respondents identified themselves as very or moderately religious, only 9% answered all survey questions correctly; 17% were wrong in their answers to every question.


del_button April 9, 2007 at 11:20 PM
Amber said...

Wow... that IS disheartening. Let's pray this will open eyes and provoke a change!

del_button April 10, 2007 at 12:08 AM
Costa Rica Real Estate Christian said...

It's probably because Italians do not immerse themselves in studying the scriptures.
They like merry making and cooking and eating. They take their faith for granted as the survey says.

Costa Rica Real Estate

del_button April 10, 2007 at 12:20 AM
BJ said...

Hi! I thought you and your readers might be interested in some post-Easter news about Pope Benedict XVI...
The Pope's car is being auctioned off to raise money for Habitat for Humanity:
The bidding is already more than $200,000! Personally, I think this is a really fun and creative way to raise
money. The auction goes until April 14th if you and your readers want to check it out.

del_button April 10, 2007 at 5:12 AM
John said...

Its the curse of the established Church. Here in England, the CofE mostly made up of people with a vague sense of spirituality, with little or no religious education.

del_button April 11, 2007 at 6:28 AM
Anonymous said...

What can I say? Thank God for our Protestant Brothers and Sisters here in the US who spur us Catholics to know a little about our faith (even if not as much as we should...)


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Anonymous said...

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