May 26th, 2015
And Vox.com has done the math to prove it. So problematic. SO PROBLEMATIC!
Where is the sweet meteor of death when you need it?0 comments
May 26th, 2015
A little help here: Is this essay by Patrick T. Reardon in the National Catholic Reporter satire?
To give you some set-up, it’s slugged as being a dispatch from the year 2063 and the picture it paints is of a Catholic Church which is radically shrunken because of the progressive wheels set in motion by Pope Francis. Yet a get the sense that Reardon sees all of this as a good thing?
But like I said, maybe it’s satire. Who am I to judge?1 comment
Joe Queenan on Fatherhood and the School Years
May 23rd, 2015
I love Joe Queenan, but his chapter on getting your kids through the school years might be my single favorite stand-alone essay of his, ever. And now the Wall Street Journal has run an adaptation of it, which you can read here.
The Dadly Virtues keeps trucking along to Father’s Day . . .0 comments
What percentage of Americans are gay?
May 22nd, 2015
Gallup just asked the question and the numbers are still about where they were three years ago.
Here are some highlights from the new survey:
* 33 percent of Americans think that homosexuals are more than 25 percent of the population
* 53 percent of Americans think that more than 20 percent of the population is gay
No wonder people think same-sex marriage is the most important issue in the world. Even the civil rights struggles of the ’60s only applied to about 12 percent of the population. Same-sex marriage must be at least twice as important if it applies to more than twice as many people.
(Just a reminder: The real number is 1.6 percent. Not that there’s anything wrong with it.)0 comments
‘The Dadly Virtues’ Finally Charts in ‘Fatherhood’
May 19th, 2015
‘The Francis Effect’–Now on Twitter!
May 19th, 2015
This story by Matthew Gambino is a classic:
A journalist who has been covering the Vatican for more than 20 years has never seen anything like the effect Pope Francis is having on the world.
John Allen, a veteran Vatican watcher formerly with the National Catholic Reporter newspaper and now with Crux, a Catholic news website of the Boston Globe newspaper, points to two facts about the pope’s huge popularity.
At 19 million followers on the social media site Twitter, the pope is “the most popular spiritual leader on the planet,” Allen said. That’s more followers on Twitter than the next highest such leader, the Dalai Lama (10 million), but in the middle of the pack with basketball star LeBron James and pop singer Miley Cyrus, also at 19 million.
A more solid measure of popularity is a Pew Foundation study cited by Allen that showed an astronomical 80 percent approval rating among all United States citizens, and 90 percent among American Catholics.
Nowhere in the piece–nowhere–does Gambino mention the fact that the attrition rate among American Catholics has dramatically increased under Francis for the first time in years. And it’s not like Gambino didn’t try to look at actual numbers:
The much-touted “Francis effect” has at this point led more to a greater curiosity in the Catholic Church, more so than in actual church attendance, although half of the pastors in the Diocese of Rome have reported an increase in attendance, Allen said.
Again: We don’t need anecdotes! We have actual numbers! And the numbers tell us that “Catholicism is losing members faster than any denomination.”
But you know, Pope Francis has totes got the Twitter working. So who needs people in the Church and receiving the Eucharist? That’s so 2005.0 comments
More ‘Dadly Virtues’
May 15th, 2015
Over at the Free Beacon there’s an adaptation of Matt Continetti’s chapter up–it’s great. And the Standard has an excerpt from my introduction to the book. Which, by the by, will be “officially” on sale next week.0 comments
There Is No ‘Francis Effect’
May 14th, 2015
Or at least, not the kind that people say there is.
The next time someone pushes “the Francis Effect” around by way of explaining how super-duper awesome and popular
Pope Tambourine the Holy Father is, please send them to this piece about how, just within the last couple years, the net attrition rate for American Catholics has increased.
This doesn’t prove that Francis is responsible for these losses, but at the very least it puts the lie to the idea that Francis has been the source of a resurgence for the Church as New York Times editors and anti-fracking environmentalists across our fruited plains suddenly lifted their hearts to Rome.0 comments