How Catholic Are You?

Zoe Samuel

Catholic means literally "all-embracing". Do you love everyone?

How many saints can you name?

Other than when stuck in traffic, at imminent risk of death, or sick, how often do you pray?

Do you believe in miracles?

Do you live like you'd like to be beatified?

How many saint figurines or candles are in your house?

How much iconography can you recognize in your church?

Do you know the name of your archbishop?

When is the last time you made confession?

Were you baptized?

Have you been confirmed?

How often do you go to church?

How many lovely big church hats do you own?

Can you translate "benedictus benedicat"?

What's the right response to your priest saying, "May the Lord be with you"?

What is it called when the bread and wine become the literal body and blood of Christ?

Do you know how to say a kyrie eleison?

When do you say, "Habemus papam!"?

Have you ever considered taking up holy orders?

What is St. Thomas Aquinas known for?

If you make confession, are you all good?

Have you ever been to midnight Mass?

Do you say Matins every day?

Do you eat meat on Fridays?

Why might you take hand sanitizer to church?

Would you baptize your children?

How do you feel about birth control?

Have you ever successfully given anything up for Lent?

Do you believe in Natural Law?

Have you ever had an ash cross on your forehead?

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About This Quiz

There are about 1.6 billion Catholics on the planet, making it the biggest religion by some hundreds of millions. The Catholic Church has an almost 2000-year history, dating back to the first pope, Saint Peter himself (he's the bouncer you'll meet at the pearly gates and must get past in order to get in). The history of the church has been scarred by schisms, including the Reformation begun by monk Martin Luther, when splinter groups broke off and then grew into rival Christian denominations such as Anglicans, Presbyterians, Protestants, Puritans and today's Evangelicals. However, the Catholic Church was undeterred, expanding into new territories in advance - or sometimes in the rearguard - of the new age of Empires. As Spain and France in particular extended their reach, so did the church, converting much of Africa and almost all of South America. Meanwhile Catholics in the USA began as a smaller group, though now they are 70 million strong - that's nearly a third of the population.

Despite the profoundly hierarchical nature of the church, being Catholic means different things to different people: the vast majority of Catholics in developed countries use contraception, for example. However, whether they go to every service or not, keep all the rules or not, or accept all the elements of the theology or not, they are all part of the Church - more or less! Let's see how you fit in.

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