The Latest from CARA

For decades the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University has been an invaluable resource for data on the American Catholic community. Founded in 1964, CARA's mission--to increase the church's self understanding--neatly dovetails with that of America, and we have often cited its findings in our pages.

2010 marks the start of a new chapter at CARA with the arrival of Thomas P. Gaunt, S.J., as executive director. The center also has a sharp new Web site, with a wealth of data for the curious-minded. (Browse their most frequently cited church statistics here.) To mark these occasions, and to formalize a longstanding informal partnership, we are pleased to launch this special page on the America Web site, with links to recent items of interest from CARA.

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8 years 5 months ago
I am curious about definitions -it seems that they are calling all marriages between a Roman Catholic and a non-Roman Catholic "interfaith."   There is a big difference between Chelsea Clinton's religious background (christian) and her husband's (Jewish) - that is truly "interfaith.".  Within christianity, those differences are not so great.  All share one faith - Christianity.  Regardless, the trendline numbers are meaningless if they don't measure the marriages between Roman Catholics and non-RCs that take place outside the church.  It seems they really don't know how many of those raised in the Roman Catholic church are actually choosing to marry those raised outside it, leaving the Roman Catholic church in the process.
7 years 8 months ago
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Native American protestors hold hands with parishioner Nathanial Hall, right, during a group prayer outside the Catholic Diocese of Covington on Jan. 22, 2019, in Covington, Ky. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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