Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Confidence in organized religion hits all-time low
Religion is falling behind other US institutions in peoples' estimation and Catholicism is faring worse than Protestantism, according to Gallup.
- United States
- July 13, 2012
Only 44 percent of Americans today have a lot of confidence in organized religion, compared to 66 percent in 1973 when organized religion or church was the highest rated institution in Gallup's "confidence in institutions measure."
Organized religion and the Church "continued to rank first in most years through 1985, outranking the military and the U.S. Supreme Court, among others," as reported by the Gallup study.
American confidence in organized religion first began to fall in the mid to late 80's, falling below 60 percent for the first time. The consistent decline may be tied back to the scandals and crimes associated with the church since, the poll states. The scandals associated with televangelist preachers Jim Bakker and Jimmy Swaggart and the 2002 child molestation charges and cover-ups in the Catholic church could be contributing factors.
When divided by religious preference, the poll showed that Protestants were more confident in organized religion than Catholics. 56 percent of Protestants had a lot of confidence in organized religion/church compared to 46 percent of Catholics.
This year the church or organized religion ranked fourth amongst the 16 institutions surveyed tying it with medical institutions. The poll concludes that two major findings are revealed through this trend:
"First, the long-term decline in Americans' confidence in this societal institution since 1973, and second, the suppressed confidence among Catholics relative to Protestants starting in 1981, and becoming more pronounced by 2002."
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Source: Huffington Post Religion