Much fuss yesterday about an enormous (36, 000 people,) study done on attitudes toward religion, it was the lead story on some of the evening network news programs.
It was spun as demonstrating how "tolerant" Americans are, but even a perfunctory glance shows that what it demonstrates is ignorance.
To whit: 21 percent of self-identified atheists said they believe in God or a universal spirit.
Archbishop Chaput, as usual, nails it: "The statistics show, more than anything else, that many who describe themselves as Catholics do not know or understand the teachings of their church," said Denver Roman Catholic Archbishop Charles Chaput. "Being Catholic means believing what the Catholic church teaches. It is a communion of faith, not simply of ancestry and family tradition. It also means that the church ought to work harder at evangelizing its own members."