Catholics Get An F On The Pew Forum’s Religious Test


The results are in, and I’m cringing.

The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life released survey results today that test a broad range of religious knowledge, and Catholics didn’t do so hot: 45 percent of polled Catholics didn’t know that the consecrated bread and wine used in Holy Communion are not just symbols but become the actual body and blood of Jesus Christ.

Oh, dear.

The Pew Forum polled 3,412 people, asking 32 questions about religious tenets and histories. We ranked at the very bottom, according to Rachel Zoll, the Associated Press’ religion writer:

Atheists and agnostics scored highest, with an average of 21 correct answers, while Jews and Mormons followed with about 20 accurate responses. Protestants overall averaged 16 correct answers, while Catholics followed with a score of about 15.

Zoll noted that those who attend worship at least once a week and considered religion important in their lives tended to perform better, as did respondents who were more educated.

What do you make of this, Catholic singles? Is the widespread religious ignorance among average Catholics one of the reasons you came to CatholicMatch? How important is it that you find a mate who possesses a strong faith and a solid grasp of church teaching?

Further reading

  • Read The Pew Forum’s executive summary here.
  • Download the full report here.
  • Read the survey here.
  • Take a quiz to see how you compare with the Pew’s 3,412 respondents.


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