Faith and Justice: Pollsters are faced with multiple problems, especially when it comes to counting the Catholic vote. Timing, methodologies and people's relative honesty add to the confusion.
NCR Book Club: Demographic forces have been reshaping the Catholic landscape for decades. Catholic Parishes of the 21st Century gathers the data and provides an outline of a new reality.
Fr. Tom Reese's essay looks at rural and blue-collar voters and the big-city billionaire they put into office. Will they now expect him to keep his promises?
Faith and Justice: Predicting turnout of voters is very difficult and Clinton underperfomed in comparison with Obama with some groups whom the pundits expected her to do better.
NCR Today: While the church promotes evangelization to cure the decline in the number of Catholics, studies argue that demography is destiny, at least most of the time.
Pope Francis appears more popular than ever among U.S. Catholics. One researcher may have found some signs, albeit tentative, of an incipient "Francis effect."
Faith and Justice: A new study shows that the U.S. Catholic church is becoming more Hispanic, but Hispanics are becoming less Catholic. How can that be?
Mark Gray of CARA recommends that parents wanting good Catholic offspring should raise their children Protestant but make sure they marry a Catholic spouse.
True, his advice is admittedly tongue in cheek, but it is based on good social science data. In a fascinating blog posting, Gray, the Nate Silver of Catholicism, analyzes the data on converts to the Catholic Church.
The story of the Catholic church in the United States has become a tale of two churches, shrinking and consolidating in some parts but flourishing dramatically in others.
A poll shows that Pope Francis is immensely popular, but that popularity hasn't brought more people to Mass or the sacraments.