Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Are there really 64 million US Roman Catholics?

Asks the provocative headline of an article appearing in today's USA Today.

As the 2007 edition of The Official Catholic Directory hits the stores (who buys these things besides dioceses, seminaries, a few parish churches and religious goods stores?), questions are raised as to the accuracy of the claims of the numbers of Catholics in this country and what makes for a good Catholic.

As a side note, I found the comments at the bottom of the article to be fun to read, with the typical anti-Catholic diatribes spewn all over the place.


Adoro te Devote said...

Actually, it's a secret Catholic conspiracy originating with the Catholic terrorist organization, namely the secretive "Opus Dei" and the "Knights Templar" and the ever-elusive "Illuminati". Every headline about the Catholic Church and subsequent article is actually bait; it is written for the purpose of eliciting comments from anti-Catholics and atheists, drawing them out of hiding so that Opus Dei can triangulate their coordinates and IP addresses, and deploy the albino assassin monks to round them up and bring them to the Inquisition and burn them at the stake.

It's a Conspiracy, I tellya!

I'm so tempted to write in the above "Conspiracy" at the bottoms of those articles in responce to all the anti-Catholic rhetoric. Just to see what would happen.

No worries, though, I wouldn't do that...guarantee someone would think it's for real and the next thing we'd know, the NY Times would be running an article about suspicious murders and "evidence" of Inquisitional chambers and ritual murders in the Catholic Church, and Dan Brown and his ilk would write an "expose" and make a ton of money.

Martin O'Shea said...

A graphic novel which may interest visitors to your blog is available from:


'The Least Among Us' explores the response of the Church to suffering in itself and a preview is available at: http://www.all-creatures.org/fol/ann-theleast.html

Whilst the book challenges certain attitudes and dogma it remains a Catholic (if underground) comic.

All best wishes,