Catholic Men Earn More

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Harvard Business Review's daily stat for December 27 shows that Catholic men make more than non-Catholic men.  More specifically: 6.7% more in Australia (among those aged 25-54) 7.1% more in the USA (among those aged 26-34) So What? The brief article mentions that the research suggests that the difference may be accounted for by "a Catholic upbringing (that) instills attitudes and work habits that employers value."  What other factors do you believe could account for or contribute to Read More …

How Happy Are Americans?

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According to a new list of the happiest nations, the United States has considerable room for improvement.  Created by 24/7 Wall St., the list relies on data from the new Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Better Life Index, which is based on measurements of quality of life including housing, income, jobs, community, education, the environment, health, work-life balance, and life satisfaction.  According to these standards, the world's happiest nations Read More …

An Overview of American Church Membership

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Earlier this week the National Council of Churches released its annual analysis of church membership: 2011 Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches.  According to the Rev. Dr. Eileen Lindner, editor, the data in this year's report suggests that recent membership trends have continued: "That is, churches which have been increasing in membership in recent years continue to grow and likewise, those churches which have been declining in recent years continue to decline." The yearbook reports a Read More …