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Almost 70 percent Catholic youth stay Catholic as adults.
Only 2-3 percent cite sex abuse as reason they left Catholic Church.
Disaffected youth a primary concern.

WASHINGTON—A Pew Forum poll on Americans and their religious affiliation finds Catholics have one of the highest retention rates, 68 percent, among Christian churches when it comes to carrying the Catholic faith into adulthood.

It also found that a determining factor in whether or not one remains Catholic as an adult is whether or not the individual attended Mass as a child and teenager.

The study also found that the key reason people leave their church, Protestant or Catholic, is that “they just gradually drifted away from the faith.”

The study, “Faith in Flux: Changes in the Religious Affiliation in the U.S.,” was made public by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, April 27.

Pew also found that only 2-3 percent of those polled cited sexual abuse of children as a reason for leaving when asked in an open-ended question why they left. When people were asked to choose why they left from a list of possible reasons, the number jumped from 21 percent for Catholics who became Protestant and 27 percent for former Catholics who are now unaffiliated with any church. Other reasons for leaving the church, such as disagreement on doctrinal matters, figured much higher.

“The report highlights the importance of Mass attendance among children and teenagers,” said Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, past chairman of the bishops’ Committee on Catechesis and next chairman of the Committee on Doctrine. “Adolescence is a critical time in religious development and, as the poll shows, what happens in the teen years has a long-lasting affect. We have to help young people and their parents appreciate the importance of going to weekly Mass so teenagers know Jesus is there for them now and always.“

Archbishop Wuerl said the poll showed the resilience of the Catholic faith, even in the face of something as horrific as the sexual abuse crisis.

“Catholics can separate the sins and human failings of individuals from the substance of the faith,” he said. “Sexual abuse of a child is a terrible sin and crime,” he said, “but most Catholics people, because of good personal experience with their priests in their parishes, recognize sex abuse by clergy as the aberration it is. They also look to the church’s 2,000-year history, which has seen the faith flourish despite some painful times.”

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We are in the middle of Fiesta week in San Antonio, just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Fiesta! Here is the official Fiesta site! http://www.fiesta-sa.org/news-blog.aspx

Fiesta is known mostly as “Party Time” in San Antonio, but really its roots is the celebration of Anglo hegemony.  The victory of the Texian Army over the Mexicans at the Battle of San Jacinto.  Mexicans and Mexican Americans, since 1836 were often the victims of gringo hatred against the “dirty mescans”.  Of course it is not talked about much, because basically Fiesta is now inundated with “mexican” words, symbols, and imagery.  So we say Viva Mexico, Viva Texas, y Viva San Antonio!

Did you hear about the Miss USA participant who was asked by a gay man (one of the judges) about what she thought of gay marriage?  Her wording was kind of funny, but basically she said she believed marriage was between a man and a woman.  Reports say this may have cost her the title as she ended up runner up.  It was pretty brave of her to make that statement in what was basically a “gay friendly” crowd.  Now heres the rub …do we hold her up as a hero of traditional values when she herself promotes beauty contests that basically just pushes physical beauty and body image?  But still, it makes for an interesting story.

As I was surfing through Youtube I came across this beautiful song, very powerful images from the movie the Passion of the Christ (how original), but it was very well done. Enjoy.

It is always so disappointing to read the comments on newspaper articles that have anything to do with Hispanics. They always seem to detour to the topic of immigration, or more accurately, anti-immigration. Does this mean that the sentiment is in the majority, or is it only a small vocal minority? Comments are pretty “safe” avenues to share your thoughts and/or stereo-typing and bigotry – you don’t even have to put your real name just pick a catchy moniker like “Cowboy Bob”, or “Britanicus”, or some other silly creation. I have added my own comments in the past for my local online newspaper, if only to try to add another viewpoint. It is an uphill climb but we was Catholics are called to engage these issues and target our society and culture. Still, it is very sad.

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