The Francis Effect

Pope Francis has been incredibly popular, especially for considering the radical shift he represets.  Despite high favorability ratings, early research from the Pew Research Center suggests there isn't strong evidence for a "Francis effect" that is leading to changes in how American Catholics approach their religion.  More specifically:  There has been no measurable rise in the percentage of Americans who identify as Catholic. Nor has there been a statistically significant change in how often Read More …