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The People in the Pews Archives

A study from CARA asked that question of Catholics and Protestants — and the resulting answers may surprise you: In 1972, 39% of adult Catholics responded that premarital sex was “always wrong.” Among Catholics attending Mass at least once a […]

And the attention-grabbing ad campaign of Catholics Come Home may be responsible for luring some people back to the pews in at least one big diocese. Details: Eight months ago, the Diocese of Green Bay began airing television commercials for […]

A fabled Catholic cultural institution may be vanishing in one part of the country: It seems that the “bingo bubble” in many areas of the Albany Diocese has burst. The game of chance long subsidized many parishes and schools, bringing […]

That’s the assessment of a new poll, which finds a surprising number of people in “unchurched” parts of America still describe themselves as “Christian”: While it’s no surprise that the highest proportion of self-identified Christians reside in the South, a […]

Hundreds of thousands of Catholics found a DVD from their archbishop in the mail last week — and the reaction has been decidedly mixed: When the archbishop’s controversial DVD arrived in the mail last week, Renee Miller’s first instinct was […]

This couple can tell you.  You don’t see many stories like this — and it’s truly something to celebrate. From the Catholic Review in Baltimore: Edwin Becker was 19 when he decided that he couldn’t live his life without Gertrude. […]

The AP is reporting that a growing number of churches are now making it a habit to conduct routine background checks: More churches and religious groups are conducting background checks and taking other steps to protect children against mistreatment in […]

A Virginia priest has come up with a novel way to raise money for kids to attend World Youth Day in Madrid: New Year’s Day has come early for Father Steve Schultz, parochial vicar of St. Timothy Parish in Chantilly. […]

Some dramatic news out of Maryland: In a letter to parishioners, the Reverend Jason Cantania, rector of Mount Calvary Episcopal Church in Baltimore, Maryland, announced that the vestry of the parish had voted unanimously in favor of two resolutions. First, […]

Some heartening news from the Lone Star state. At a time when many dioceses are closing or consolidating parishes, down in Texas, the church business is booming: Each week at Midland’s Our Lady of San Juan Parish, churchgoers attending Mass […]