Which is better? Holy Trinity Church or Sanctuary Church?
In a survey conducted by The Pew Research Center in the United States, Catholics in the U.S. and Canada gave a mixed response to which was better: a Sanctuary Catholic church or Holy Trinity Catholic Church.
This is the first time Pew has asked this question in this way.
According to Pew, “many Catholics who do not attend a religious order do not identify with a specific religious group” and the survey found that, “people who are not Catholic but have an affinity for Catholicism are more likely to report being religious and to say they are very religious.”
But Pew found that “Catholic believers who are unaffiliated are more religious than those who are Catholic, but not nearly as religious as those who have attended a religious group.
The same is true for non-Christian people who are Protestant.”
“In the United Kingdom, Catholics who identify as Protestant are more than twice as likely to be religiously unaffiliated as Catholics who are Protestants, the survey also found.”
While the survey is a bit biased toward Protestants, this finding is significant in that it points to a growing gap between Protestants and Catholics in terms of their belief systems,” Pew added.”
This gap is also apparent among older Americans, who are much more likely than younger people to identify as non-religious.
And this may explain why a growing number of older Catholics are rejecting the idea of ‘religion’ as a label.
In fact, as Pew notes, a majority of Catholics in this age group identify as agnostic or non-theistic,” according to The Huffington Post.
The Pew study comes at a time when Catholics are experiencing some of the worst levels of persecution in the country.
Pew also noted that “a majority of Americans now say they have been personally targeted for being Catholic, a significant number of whom have been attacked by people who claim to be ‘religious’ or ‘religious leaders.'”
The Catholic Church is also experiencing the largest rise in hate crimes in U.N. records dating back to 2013, when there were an estimated 1.2 million active hate crimes reports.
The latest report from the Anti-Defamation League found that Catholics are the “target group” most likely to face such incidents, with more than 1.5 million reported incidents of hate crimes targeting Catholics in 2017.