Since I have barely been online for some days, I just found out about an article by Laurie Goodstein of the NYT about a study done by the Abu Dhabi Gallup Center, a Muslim group, about how people of various religions identify with their religion, co-religionists, country and countrymen.
The report itself is worth some of your time.
Since I talk all the time about our Catholic identity and revitalizing our identity I found this pretty interesting. Of course it focuses mainly on Muslims, but there are stats about Catholics as well.
The result I found most interesting had to do with how strongly Catholics identify with each of the following groups? A. The United States B. Your ethnic background C. Your religion D. Those worldwide who share your religious identity Muslim Americans. The result: 39% of Catholics identity with other Catholics around the world.
First, I wonder what that number would be in, say, England, where Catholics experience a different social dynamic than American Catholics have.
And I continue to wonder.
If we had done what the Second Vatican Council asked for in a reform of the liturgy and if we had continued to use Latin and had placed Gregorian chant in the first place for music… could that number in the U.S. have been higher than 39%?