A STATISTICAL PHOTOGRAPH OF THE CHURCH IN THE United States 53 YEARS AFTER THE CLOSE OF THE II VATICAN COUNCIL AND 5 YEARS AFTER THE ELECTION OF FRANCIS THE MERCIFUL

On Wednesday, February 20, 2019 3:09 PM, Rev. Fr. Donald Kloster <revfrkloster@yahoo.com> wrote:

Kloster 2019by Fr. Donald KlosterSt. Mary’s Catholic ChurchNorwalk, Connecticut USA
revfrkloster@yahoo.com
Contributors: Sha Balizet Fisher, PhD (Statistics consulting) –  Mr. Brian Williams liturgyguy.com (Consultant)                      Mrs. Christine Boyle (Webmaster)
Introduction
Through more than twenty years of offering both the Novus Ordo Mass (NOM) and the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM), this writer has observed variations between the people attending the two different Masses within the Roman Rite.  American Catholics attending the NOM have been surveyed repeatedly in terms of their beliefs and practices (Pew Research and Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate or Georgetown University’s CARA).
Yet, the body of research does not appear to include a description of Catholics who attend the TLM.  These Catholics attend at least 489 Sunday Masses nationwide (latinmassdir.org 2019).  On any given Sunday, an estimated 100,000 Catholics (on average over 200 faithful per Mass and/or parish) in the United States of America worship according to the ancient Mass that, prior to the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), was offered in Latin for more than 1900 years.
The quickly growing number of TLM only parishes permits survey research going beyond one individual’s observations.  The objective of this pilot study was to measure the fruit of the two Masses, by directly comparing the TLM and NOM attendees’ responses to the same questions. 
MethodThe survey consisted of seven questions on the beliefs and attitudes of the respondents.  The surveys conducted were anonymous and had unique responses.  In pew surveys were administered to 1251-1322 responders according to the given question.  The same survey, administered online, received 451 responses.
In Pew Survey RespondentsArizona, California, Colorado, New Hampshire, Texas
Online Survey RespondentsConnecticut, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Pennsylvania, New York, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia
The TLM Survey was conducted to parallel questions posed in previous research, allowing a direct comparison between the TLM attendees and those of the NOM.  These were the topics:
1. Approval of contraception2. Approval of abortion3. Weekly Mass attendance4. Approval of same sex marriage5. Percentage of income donated6. Annual Confession among weekly Mass attendees7. Fertility Rate
ResultsSurvey Question                        TLM       TLM samples         NOM        Data Source1. Approve contraception             2%            1,773                   89%         Pew Research 2016 (Sept 28)2. Approve abortion                      1%            1,769                   51%         Pew Research 2018 (Oct 15)3. Weekly Mass attendance        99%            1,763                   22%         CARA 2017 (Apr 11, 2018)4. Approve gay marriage               2%            1,759                   67%         Daily Wire (July 2, 2017)5. Income % donated                    6%            1,702                  1.2%         Catholicphilly.com  (May 17, 2013)                                                               Protestants                   2.5%        Relevant Magazine (March 8, 2016)              All Christians during the Great Depression                   3.3%         Relevant Magazine (March 8, 2016)6. Annual Confession    and Weekly Mass                     98%            1,753                   25%         CARA 2014 (Feb 16)7. Fertility Rate                             6.0               1,085*                  2.3           Pew Research 2015 (May 12)
*This question was directed to women only.
Analysis
Modern society, by popular belief, is the cause of decreasing sacramental participation in the Catholic Church.  However, the present survey, compared with other data, reveals a striking variance between Catholics attending the TLM versus those who attend the NOM.  These differences are noticeably evident when comparing beliefs, church attendance, monetary generosity, and fertility rates.
Importantly, TLM families have a nearly 60% larger family size.  This will translate to a changing demographic within the Church.  TLM attendees donate 5 times more in the collection, indicating that they are far more invested than the NOM attendees.  TLM Catholics go to Mass every Sunday at 4.5 times the rate of their NOM brethren.  This implies a deep commitment to the faith.  The almost universal adherence to the Sunday Mass obligation depicts TLM Catholics who are deeply in love with their faith and cannot imagine missing their Sunday privilege.
Future ResearchWould young adult TLM Catholics be more likely to commit to a life in the Church?  This question has never been studied among TLM Catholics since the inception of the 1970 NOM.  Research is needed to explore TLM attendees’ vocations to the Priesthood, Religious Life, Married Life, and Single Life within the 18-39 year old subset of TLM Catholics.  Preliminary studies by this author indicate that the TLM produces 7-8 times the number of Priestly and Religious vocations.  Reception of the sacrament of Holy Matrimony would also seem to be much higher among TLM attendees.  Finally, how well does the TLM retain young adults once they leave their parent’s homes?   Rigorous study on these topics are planned for 2019-2020.
Bibliography
Pew Research          Contraception                         Sept 28, 2016Pew Research          Abortion                                  Oct   15, 2018 Pew Research          CatholicFertility Rate              May 12,  2015CARA                       Annual Conf/Weekly Mass       Feb 16,  2014       CARA 2017              Mass attendance                     April 11, 2018  Huffington Post quoting Dr. Mark GrayCatholic Philly.com   Donation %May 17,  2013Relevant Magazine   Donation %                             March 8, 2016Daily Wire                 Same sex marriage                  July  2,   2017                  

Traditional Latin Mass National Survey by Fr. Donald Kloster
St. Mary’s Catholic Church
Norwalk, Connecticut USA revfrkloster@yahoo.com
Contributors: Sha Balizet Fisher, Ph.D. (Statistics), Mr. Brian Williams liturgyguy.com (Consultant)
Introduction
Through more than twenty years of offering both the Novus Ordo Mass (NOM) and the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM), this writer has observed variations between the people attending the two different Masses within the Roman Rite. American Catholics attending the NOM have been surveyed repeatedly in terms of their beliefs and practices (Pew Research and Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at or Georgetown University [CARA]).
Yet, the body of research does not appear to include a description of Catholics who attend the TLM. These Catholics attend at least 489 Sunday Masses nationwide (latinmassdir.org, 2019). On any given Sunday, an estimated 100,000 Catholics (slightly over 200 faithful per Mass and/or parish) in the United States of America worship according to the ancient Mass that, prior to the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), was offered in Latin for 1,900 years.
The quickly growing number of TLM-only parishes permits survey research going beyond one individual’s observations. The objective of this pilot study was to measure the fruit of the two Masses, by directly comparing the TLM and NOM attendees’ responses to the same questions.
Method
The survey consisted of seven questions on the beliefs and attitudes of the respondents. Data was collected between March 2018 and November 2018. The surveys were anonymous and unique responses only were tallied. In pew surveys were administered to 1322 respondents. The number of responses varied (between 1,251 and 1,322) according to the given question. The same survey, administered online, received 451 responses.
In Pew Survey Respondents
Arizona, California, Colorado, New Hampshire, Texas
Online Survey Respondents
Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Pennsylvania, New York, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia
The TLM Survey was designed to parallel questions posed in previous research, allowing a direct comparison between the TLM attendees and those of the NOM. These were the topics:
1. Approval of contraception 2. Approval of abortion
3. Weekly Mass attendance

4. Approval of same sex marriage
5. Percentage of income donated
6. Annual Confession among weekly Mass attendees 7. Fertility Rate
Results
Survey Question
TLM%
TLM samples
NOM%
NO Data Source
1. Approve contraception
2%
1773
89%
Pew Research 2016 (Sept 28)
2. Approve abortion
1%
1769
51%
Pew Research 2018 (Oct 15)
3. Weekly Mass attendance
99%
1763
22%
CARA 2017 (Apr 11, 2018)
4. Approve gay marriage
2%
1759
67%
Daily Wire (July 2, 2017)
5. Income % donated
6%
1702
1.2%
Catholicphilly.com (May 17, 2013)
Protestants
2.5%
Relevant Magazine (March 8, 2016)
All Christians during the Great Depression
3.3%
6. Annual Confession and Weekly Mass
98%
1753
25%
CARA 2014 (Feb 16)
7. Fertility Rate*
6
1085
2.3
Pew Research 2015 (May 12)
*This question was directed to women only.
Traditional Latin Mass national survey conducted by Fr. Donald Kloster (March 2018 through November 2018).
Analysis
Modern society, by popular belief, is the cause of decreasing sacramental participation in the Catholic Church. However, the present survey, compared with other data, reveals a striking variance between Catholics attending the TLM versus those who attend the NOM. These differences are dramatic when comparing beliefs, church attendance, monetary generosity, and fertility rates.
Importantly, TLM families have a nearly 60% larger family size. This will translate to a changing demographic within the Church. TLM attendees donate 5 times more in the collection, indicating that theyarefarmoreinvestedthantheNOMattendees. TLMCatholicsgotoMasseverySundayat4.5 times the rate of their NOM brethren. This implies a deep commitment to the faith. The almost universal adherence to the Sunday Mass obligation depicts Catholics who are deeply in love with their faith and cannot imagine missing their Sunday privilege.
Future Research
WouldyoungadultTLMCatholicsbemorelikelytocommittoalifeintheChurch? Thisquestionhas neverbeenstudiedamongTLMCatholicssincetheinceptionofthe1970NOM. Researchisneededto explore TLM attendees’ vocations to the Priesthood, Religious Life, Married Life, and Single Life within the 18-39 year old subset of TLM Catholics. Preliminary studies by this author indicate that the TLMproduces7-8timesthenumberofPriestlyandReligiousvocations. Receptionofthesacrament ofHolyMatrimonywouldalsoseemtobemuchhigheramongTLMattendees. Finally,howwelldoes the TLM retain young adults once they leave their parent’s homes? Rigorous study on these topics are planned for 2019.

Bibliography
CARA
CARA 2017
Gray
Catholic Philly.com Pew Research
Pew Research
Pew Research Relevant Magazine Daily Wire
Annual Conf/Weekly Mass Mass attendance
Donation % Catholic Fertility Rate Contraception Abortion
Donation %
Same sex marriage
Feb 16, 2014
April 11, 2018 Huffington Post quoting Dr. Mark
May 17, 2013 May 12, 2015
Sept 28, 2016 Oct 15, 2018
March 8, 2016 July 2, 2017

Here are some alarming numbers from CARA. Then too, below is the formalized and finalized National Study of the Traditional Latin Mass faithful comparing them to the Novus Ordo Mass Pew Research and CARA data.

In 1965 the USA had 17,637 parishes. 45 years later in 2010 there were 17,784.
In 2017 the USA had 17,156 parishes
In 1965 the USA had 48.5 million Catholics. In 2017, there were 74.3 million Catholics.

In those 52 years, we’ve lost 481 parishes and gained 25.8 million Catholics.

In 1970 there were 571 priest less parishes. In 2017 there were 3,552.

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1 Response to A STATISTICAL PHOTOGRAPH OF THE CHURCH IN THE United States 53 YEARS AFTER THE CLOSE OF THE II VATICAN COUNCIL AND 5 YEARS AFTER THE ELECTION OF FRANCIS THE MERCIFUL

  1. Nance Shaw says:

    WOW! I wish we had a local TLM Mass. Maybe then my grown children would still be going to Mass.

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