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N.J. Catholics give church a piece of their minds
« on: March 23, 2012, 09:04:35 AM »
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Conducted by Villanova University’s Center for the Study of Church Management, the survey, called "Empty Pews" asked Catholics in the Trenton Diocese a series of questions about church doctrine and parish life to better understand why they are staying home. The state’s second largest diocese, the diocese serves about 830,000 Catholics in Mercer, Monmouth, Burlington and Ocean counties.

The responses can be divided into two categories, said Charles Zech, who co-authored the study and is director of the Villanova center. In one category are "the things that can’t change but that we can do a better job explaining." The other category, he said "are some things that aren’t difficult to fix."

Zech and the Rev. William Byron, SJ, professor of business and society at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, conducted the survey of 298 parishioners who have stopped attending Mass. Almost two-thirds of the respondents were female, and the median age was 53, two facts Zech finds troubling.

"That’s a critical demographic. If we’re losing the 53-year-old women, we risk losing their children and their grandchildren," he said.
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Re: N.J. Catholics give church a piece of their minds
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2012, 11:18:04 PM »
I'm originally from the Trenton diocese.  They have a lot of things that they could improve on.
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