Notable Study on Hispanic Religion, Politics

For observers of the Latino religious community, this morning's study released by the Pew Hispanic Project will hold few surprises. The survey of 4,600 U.S. Latinos found, among other things, that:

* Renewalist Christianity (including both Pentecostal and charismatic beliefs and practices) is more common among Latinos than non-Latinos.

* More than half of Latino Roman Catholics identify themselves as charismatics, a fact that is already changing the face of U.S. Catholicism and could have even greater impact as the country's Hispanic population continues to boom. (Already, about a third of U.S. Catholics are Hispanic.)

* Nearly two-thirds of Latinos worship in ethnic congregations, though not always in Spanish-speaking congregations.

* Latinos' political affiliation is up for grabs (with Protestants tending to be Republicans and Catholics tending to be Democrats) but most agree that religious values guide their political views and that politicians should express faith more often and openly, ...

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