Title

Research Proposal to Measure Public Opinion on the Catholic Church and Catholic Social Teaching

Presenter Information

Simon ElfrinkFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Public Relations

Minor

English

List all Project Mentors & Advisor(s)

Melony Shemberger

Presentation Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Description

This research proposal is designed to obtain a more comprehensive understanding of the public perception of the Catholic Church. Specifically, this proposal focuses on various aspects of Catholic Social Teaching, which is an aspect of Catechesis meant to uphold moral conduct among the faithful.

The crux of this proposal hinges on a survey in which participants will be prompted to respond to a question regarding their affiliation with the Catholic Church, or lack thereof. From there, participants will be asked to rank their opinion on various components of Catholic Social Teaching (marital fidelity, abortion, charity, etc.) on a Likert scale of approval.

After compiling the data, the responses will be organized into percentages reflecting which areas of Catholic Social Teaching are received most poorly. With this information in hand, it would stand to reason that the authority of the church would want to hone in on those areas of CST that could benefit from more thorough delivery. Since it is in the Church’s self-proclaimed best interest to equip missionaries, clergy, and evangelists with the best tools necessary to spread the Gospel message and prevent any misconceptions from forming or growing as time goes on.

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Research Proposal to Measure Public Opinion on the Catholic Church and Catholic Social Teaching

This research proposal is designed to obtain a more comprehensive understanding of the public perception of the Catholic Church. Specifically, this proposal focuses on various aspects of Catholic Social Teaching, which is an aspect of Catechesis meant to uphold moral conduct among the faithful.

The crux of this proposal hinges on a survey in which participants will be prompted to respond to a question regarding their affiliation with the Catholic Church, or lack thereof. From there, participants will be asked to rank their opinion on various components of Catholic Social Teaching (marital fidelity, abortion, charity, etc.) on a Likert scale of approval.

After compiling the data, the responses will be organized into percentages reflecting which areas of Catholic Social Teaching are received most poorly. With this information in hand, it would stand to reason that the authority of the church would want to hone in on those areas of CST that could benefit from more thorough delivery. Since it is in the Church’s self-proclaimed best interest to equip missionaries, clergy, and evangelists with the best tools necessary to spread the Gospel message and prevent any misconceptions from forming or growing as time goes on.