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FIRST GALLUP POLL (1985): TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS ATTENDANCE
In 1985, the St. Athanasius Roman Catholic Church in Vienna Virginia, sponsored a nationwide Gallup Poll concerning Catholic attitudes on restoring the Traditional Latin Mass. Accurate to within six percentage points, the poll indicates that 40% of Catholics in the United States favor the return of the Mass as it was celebrated before the Second Vatican Council. Translated into numbers, this means that some 20.8 million Catholics want the Traditional Latin Mass restored.
The Gallup pollsters questioned Catholics on the basis of their desires for the Traditional Latin Mass without restrictive conditions and with availability at convenient times and locations. The Gallup Organization, Inc., was commissioned to conduct a poll of Catholics in the United States to determine the following:
1) How many Catholics favor a return of the traditional Latin Mass as an alternative to the newer Novus Ordo Mass.
2} How many would attend such Masses, if they were offered at convenient times and locations.
1) "As you may be aware, Pope John Paul II has authorized the use of the older Latin Tridentine Mass, as celebrated just before the Second Vatican Council in the mid-1960's. The local bishop's permission is required and certain conditions must be met. Do you favor bringing back as an alternative to the newer Mass, the older Latin Tridentine Mass, without restrictions such as these, and celebrating it as it had been prior to the Second Vatican Council?"
1. Favor - 40% (20.8 million: 17.6 to 23.9 million)
2. Oppose - 35%
3. No opinion - 25%
2) If the older Latin Tridentine Mass were made readily available at convenient times and locations, and you were able to attend, would you do so, or not?
1. Yes - 53% (27.6 million: 24.4 to 30.7 million)
2. No - 37%
3. No opinion - 10%
FAVOR THE OLDER MASS
FAVOR % OPPOSE % NO OPINION
ALL CATHOLICS 40 35 25
Men 39 37 24
Women 40 34 26
Under 30 years 31 43 26
30-49 years 40 37 23
50 and older 49 25 26
East 35 37 28
Midwest 45 32 23
South 50 34 16
West 32 37 31
WOULD ATTEND THE OLDER MASS
YES % NO % NO OPINION
ALL CATHOLICS 53 37 10
Men 51 37 12
Women 56 37 7
Under 30 years 43 43 14
30-49 years 33 40 7
50 and older 65 27 8
East 52 39 9
Midwest 58 34 9
South 56 39 5
West 56 38 18
SECOND GALLUP POLL (1990): TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS ATTENDANCE
In October 1990, the St. Augustine Center Association sponsored a Gallup Poll, called Catholics' Attitudes toward the Traditional Latin Mass. The poll revealed that, even after more than thirty years since the introduction of the Novus Ordo Worship Service:
MORE THAN 3/4 OF U.S. CATHOLICS WOULD ATTEND THE TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS AT LEAST OCCASIONALLY.
8% of Catholics would always attend the Traditional Latin Mass
17% would frequently attend
51% would occasionally attend
Only 23% said that they would never attend.
And these are low numbers because the polling was only of Novus Ordo Catholics and did not include traditional Catholics who were already attending the Traditional Latin Mass. In spite of persecution by the Novus Ordo apparatus, this number is estimated to be approximately 1,000,000 each Sunday.
Since there are about 60,000,000 Catholics in the United States, and only about one-fifth attend services on Sunday,
THE NUMBER OF CATHOLICS CURRENTLY ATTENDING THE TRADITIONAL LATIN
MASS IS CLOSE TO ONE OUT OF EVERY TEN
again, under highly adverse conditions in which there are only about 500 Traditional Latin Masses celebrated on Sundays across the United States, by whatever sponsoring organization and the local dioceses and parishes, committed to the Novus Ordo, use every conceivable method to dissuade Catholics from attending the true Mass, especially if the Mass is celebrated outside local diocesan control.
THIRD GALLUP POLL (1992): BELIEF IN DOGMA ON HOLY EUCHARIST
In January 1992, the St. Augustine Center Association sponsored a second Gallup poll, called "A Gallup Survey of Catholics regarding Holy Communion."
This poll, which included telephone interviews of 519 U.S. Catholics during the period of December 10, 1991, to January 19, 1992, revealed that
ONLY 30% OF NOVUS ORDO CATHOLICS BELIEVE THE DE-FIDE DOGMA ABOUT THE SACRAMENT OF THE HOLY EUCHARIST
namely, that at Communion they are really and truly receivng the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, under the appearance of bread and wine, which is known as the Real Presence.
70% OF NOVUS ORDO CATHOLICS NOW HOLD AN HERETICAL BELIEF IN THE HOLY EUCHARIST.
1) 29% of Novus Ordo Catholics believe that when receiving Holy
Communion, they are receiving bread and wine, which symbolize the spirit and teachings of Jesus Christ, and in so doing are expressing their attachment to His Person and words. This is the heresy of Protestant John Zwingli, who taught the false doctrine that the Mass is merely a symbolic commemoration of Christ's death.
2) 24% of Novus Ordo Catholics believe that when receiving Holy
Communion, they are receiving the Body and Blood of Christ, which has become that because of their personal belief. This is the heresy of Protestant John Calvin, who taught the false doctrine that the faith of the recipient transforms the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ.
3) 10% of Novus Ordo Catholics believe that when receiving Holy
Communion, they are receiving bread and wine, in which Jesus Christ is really and truly present. This is the heresy of Protestant Martin Luther, who taugh the false doctrine known as "consubstantiation," that the Body and Blood of Christ coexist with the elements of bread and wine during the Eucharist.
4) 8% of Novus Ordo Catholics hold some other non-Catholic belief.
5) Only 30% of Novus Ordo Catholics believe that they are really and truly receiving the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ under the appearance of Bread and Wine. This has always been the Church's dogma regarding the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.
The Catholic Church teaches that Transubstantiation, that is, the
complete change of the bread and wine into the substance of Christ's Body and Blood, is effected by an ordained priest during the Consecration of the Mass, so that only the appearance of bread and wine remain. The Sacramental presence of Christ begins the moment of transubstantiation and remains as long as the Eucharistic species exist. This doctrine goes back to Apostolic times, and its basis is in Scripture and Tradition. The term "transubstantiation," meaning
"change of substance," was adopted by the dogmatic Fourth Lateran Ecumenical Council in 1215 to help explain the doctrine of the Real Presence.
The poll results show a terrible confusion on the part of Catholics concerning one of the most fundamental dogmata of the Church, a confusion that has actually led them into (at least material) heresy.
The poll results were presented to the U.S. Bishops at their annual conference of November 1992 at Washington, D.C. The bishops failed to take any action, but preferred to let 7 out of 10 Catholics remain in (at least material) heresy.
GALLUP POLLS: MASS ATTENDANCE IN THE UNITED STATES
According primarily to Gallup Polls in various years, Sunday Mass
attendance among Catholics in the United States has sunk by 400% since Vatican II. When asked whether they had attended Mass within the past week, the following percentage of Catholics answered yes:
1965: 71%, after the Mass was allowed to be said in the vulgar tongues
1968: 65%, after the very words of Consecration were changed
1969: 63%, when the Novus Ordo Worship Service was first announced
1970: 60%, when the Novus Ordo Worship Service was introduced
1971: 50%, after one year of exclusive Novus Ordo worship services
1999: 19%, after twenty years of exclusive Novus Ordo worship services
Even the Gallup Poll's numbers are challenged as high. Statistician Kirk Hadaway and a research team counted cars in the parking lot over a period of several months. His finding: Americans over-report their actual church attendance by a marked degree by almost twice as much as actual. In two separate studies on Roman Catholics, he found an even greater disparity between the numbers reported and actual attendance.
U.S. BISHOPS STUDY
In 1981, the U.S. Bishops commissioned a study called "Converts,
Dropouts, Returnees." It found that
22% OF CATHOLICS, SOME 5,600,000, STOPPED ATTENDING MASS BECAUSE OF THE CHANGES IN THE CHURCH.
The U.S. Bishops, therefore, are fully aware that the Novus Ordo has turned away one of five Catholics, practically 6,000,000, from the church door.
Yet they dare to contend that "everybody loves the New Mass" and pay no attention to the millions of souls that they may have consigned to perdition.
No wonder Dante saw so many bishops and popes in the Inferno!
Recommended books (downloadable pdfs):Rodolfo Amadeo Lanciani - Pagan And Christian Rome
John Robertson - Pagan Christs Studies In Comparative Hierology
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