From Pew Research:
Half of Americans who have left their church no longer believe
in God, leading a surge of nearly one quarter of the nation who have no
affiliation with any religion, according to a new survey.
Pew Research Center said Wednesday that 49 percent of what they
term "nones" left their church and religion because they "don't
believe." Another 20 percent said they don't like organized religion.
Other reasons included "common sense" and a lack of belief in miracles.
The survey is the latest from Pew that demonstrates a growing
trend in America: more and more people are junking religion and many are
giving up on God.
I read that article after having just read this one from Msgr. Charles Pope:
There is a growing consternation among some
Catholics that the Church, at least in her leadership, is living in the
past. It seems there is no awareness that we are at war and that
Catholics need to be summoned to sobriety, increasing separation from
the wider culture, courageous witness and increasing martyrdom.
It is long past dark in our culture, but in most parishes and
dioceses it is business as usual and there is anything but the sober
alarm that is really necessary in times like these.
Scripture says, Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle (Psalm
144:1). Preparing people for war — a moral and spiritual war, not a
shooting war — should include a clear setting forth of the errors of our
time, and a clear and loving application of the truth to error and
light to darkness.
AMEN to this:
And what of us? The Church cannot even seem to ask people
to attend Mass on a Holy Day if it is on a Monday or a Saturday. It is
apparently too much to ask people to come to Mass two days in a row. If
that be the case, who will summon them to withstand and vigorously
protest unjust and evil laws, even if it means financial penalties or
even jail? And blood martyrdom? It hardly seems likely that most clergy
today would counsel readiness for such a thing or even be close to being
ready ourselves. Bishops or priests who do so can expect to be called
reckless and imprudent in shy and soft times like these. The cry will
surely go up, “It is not yet the time for such things!”
But if not now, when?