Monday, January 11, 2010

So much work to be done in educating the faithful

Here's an excellent article from CatholiCity regarding the dire state of Catholics' knowledge of their faith.  One particular area of weakness is their knowledge of the Word of God.  According to this article, 93% of adult Catholics in the U.S. own a Bible, but about 3% read the Bible each day only 7% read it at all each week.  This paragraph would be funny if is wasn't tragic:

Recent studies have shown that sixty percent of American Christians believe that Jesus was born in Jerusalem, not Bethlehem. Only forty percent of Christian Americans can name any five of the ten commandments. Half of high school seniors think that that Sodom and Gomorrah were married. Less than half can identify Genesis as the first book of the Bible. Only a third of Americans know who gave the Sermon on the Mount, and more people believe that the Reverend Billy Graham delivered it than Jesus. Twelve percent think that Noah's wife is Joan of Arc. The examples abound.

There's so much work to be done in helping Catholics learn about the Faith.  But there's a key problem:  you can't teach someone if they're not listening.  How can we get Catholics to make the effort of educating themselves when we can't even get their attention for five minutes?