One of the things that tends to get lost in discussions about the Church is just what a miserable job is being done in teaching the essentials of the Faith:
Transubstantiation – the idea that during Mass, the bread and wine used for Communion become the body and blood of Jesus Christ – is central to the Catholic faith. Indeed, the Catholic Church teaches that “the Eucharist is ‘the source and summit of the Christian life.’”
But a new Pew Research Center survey finds that most self-described Catholics don’t believe this core teaching. In fact, nearly seven-in-ten Catholics (69%) say they personally believe that during Catholic Mass, the bread and wine used in Communion “are symbols of the body and blood of Jesus Christ.” Just one-third of U.S. Catholics (31%) say they believe that “during Catholic Mass, the bread and wine actually become the body and blood of Jesus.”
Go here to read the disheartening rest. I guess all those felt banners, balloons, and completely untrained lay CCD teachers haven’t been a raging success? Faithful members of the Laity pay large sums to the Clergy each year to teach, defend and spread the Faith. In the vast majority of cases the money might as well have been spent on lottery tickets for all the good it has done.