2019-02-21
Do you consider yourself a traditional, conservative, liberal, or progressive Catholic? Or perhaps something else entirely? Take our quiz - which covers issues like Vatican II, Marian devotion, and married priests - to figure out how you relate to the Catholic church.
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I view the church's teachings on sex (the bans on birth control, extramarital relations, and homosexual acts) as:

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As a lay Catholic, my chief responsibilities are:

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In my view, Jesus' Mother, Mary, was:

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When it comes to politics, my Catholic faith influences my voting:

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I pray for the saints' intercession:

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I believe in purgatory:

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I attend Mass and receive communion on First Fridays:

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I go to confession:

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When I pray, it's often:

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When it comes to music during Mass, I prefer:

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How do you think the Mass should be celebrated?

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The primary meaning of the consecration of the Mass is that the bread and wine become:

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As far as I'm concerned, the pope is:

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About ordaining women as priests, I think:

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About priestly celibacy, I think:

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My favorite kind of church design is:

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My opinion of the Second Vatican Council is:

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The church is behind the times:

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I attend Mass:

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I abstain from meat:

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About abortion, I believe:

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When Catholic politicians or holders of public office take a position at variance with church teaching on such issues as abortion, Catholic bishops should:

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On the issue of gay priests, I believe:

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About married Catholics who divorce, the church should:

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My relation to Catholicism can be summed up as follows:

Your result is:

You Are a Centering Prayer (Very Progressive) Catholic

As far as you're concerned, the Second Vatican Council was the best thing that ever happened to the church—but since then, the much-needed changes it made in the structure, theology and liturgy of the church have been hijacked by reactionary priests, bishops, and laity. You believe that in order to be relevant to our time and faithful to the teachings of Jesus, the church must dismantle its current hierarchical structure and change its teachings on such issues as birth control and gay unions. You believe that social justice, especially for minorities and women, is the church's most important—and most neglected—concern. Your idea of a good movie is "Dead Man Walking." When someone asks you who your favorite pope is, your first thought is that the papacy itself is a suspect institution—so why not "Pope Joan?"
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You Are an Ignatian Exercises (Moderately Progressive) Catholic

You love the church, but you'd like to see some changes in certain areas--birth control, divorce, the role of women--where official teaching seems disconnected from contemporary experience. You find the new vernacular liturgy, forms of prayer (such as adapting the age-old Ignatian Exercises for the laity), and devotions that arose in the wake of the Second Vatican Council much more relevant to your own spirituality than the old. Your favorite hymn is probably a contemporary standard such as "On Eagle's Wings." It goes without saying that your favorite pope is John XXIII, the pope of Vatican II. You admire examples of sanctity that seem relevant to our time, such as Dorothy Day. You loved the movie "The Mission," because it reflected a Christian concern for the marginalized that was squelched by the institutional church.
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You Are a Divine Office (Moderately Traditional) Catholic

The Second Vatican Council was much needed, as far as you're concerned, but you see no reason to push the church further in the direction of change, as many progressives urge. You like the dynamic combination of the traditional approach toward doctrine with the opening of the church to the world that Pope John Paul II (your favorite pope) represented. As far as liturgy is concerned, a reverent Mass in the vernacular is your favorite, as is a vernacular hymn with a feeling for the transcendent such as "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence." When Nicole Kidman returned to her childhood Catholicism and regular Mass attendance, you were thrilled.
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You Are a Daily Rosary (Very Traditional) Catholic

You'd like the church to revive the time-honored devotions, liturgical practices, and strong institutional discipline that prevailed before the Second Vatican Council—and you're hoping that Pope Benedict XVI will lead the church in exactly that direction. Your favorite hymn is probably a traditional Latin composition such as the "Panis Angelicus," and your favorite pope is probably a pioneer of the Church's great liturgical tradition such as Gregory the Great.
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