QUIZ (2012)

 Bishop Preaching

Are you a faithful citizen?  Test your knowledge of the issues and the Church’s position on them by taking our quiz. [...]
















1) How many unborn children have lost their lives to abortion since Roe v. Wade legalized abortion in 1973?

1) ANSWER: C) 53 million. 

A)  9 million
B) 27 million
C) 53 million
D) 89 million

There is currently no federal requirement to report abortions, and state reporting requirements also vary from one state to another. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Guttmacher Institute (GI) use different methods of data collection: GI (originally founded as Planned Parenthood’s research arm) obtains its numbers from direct surveys of abortion providers, while CDC surveys state health departments. GI’s figures, the basis for this estimate, are considered more complete.





2) How many successful treatments for “incurable” diseases have been developed using stem cells harvested from human embryos that were destroyed to obtain them?

2) ANSWER: A) 0.

A) 0
B) 12
C) 45
D) 73

While at least two companies have started early clinical trials using cells derived from human embryonic stem cells, one trial was discontinued after disappointing early results, and no trial has shown benefits for patients in peer-reviewed medical or scientific literature.





3) How many successful treatments for “incurable” diseases have been developed using stem cells from adult tissue sources, causing no harm to the stem cell donor?

3) ANSWER: D) 73.

A) 0
B) 12
C) 45
D) 73

Here is a link (and footnote) to the 73 conditions that have shown patient benefits from human adult and cord blood stem cells[i] with citations to the peer-reviewed medical and scientific literature documenting these benefits.





4) How many U.S. children live in a household that is “food insecure,” which means it can’t provide enough food for its members at some point during the year?

4) ANSWER: D) 16.2 million. 

A) 2.2 million
B) 8.2 million
C) 12.2 million
D) 16.2 million

According to the USDA . . . , over 16.2 million children lived in food insecure (low food security and very low food security) households in 2010.





5) The official poverty rate in America is:

5) ANSWER: C) 15.1%.

A) 9.8 %
B) 11.5 %
C) 15.1 %
D) 22.4%

The official poverty rate in America is 15.1% – the highest level in 17 years. (United States Census Bureau (“Census”) annual report for 2010)





6) How long has the average jobless worker been unemployed?

6) ANSWER: C) 10 months.

A) 6 months
B) 9 months
C) 10 months
D) 12 months

Approximately 24 million people (23.8) are unemployed or underemployed--a real unemployment rate around 15 percent and the average jobless worker has been unemployed for forty weeks – 10 months.





7) According to a 2009 survey by The Polling Company, Inc., what percentage of American adults believed it is important to make sure that health care professionals in America are not forced to participate in procedures and practices to which they have moral objections?

7) ANSWER: D) 87%.

A) 28%
B) 42%
C) 65%
D) 87%

In an April 2009 survey by The Polling Company, Inc., 87% of American adults believed it is important (and 65% saw it as very important) to “make sure that health care professionals in America are not forced to participate in procedures and practices to which they have moral objections.”





8) How many patients who are hospitalized in the United States each year are cared for in a Catholic hospital?

8) ANSWER: B) 1 in 6.

A) 1 in 9
B) 1 in 6
C) 1 in 5
D) 1 in 3

Catholic hospitals care for 1 in 6 patients in the United States each year, and provide the full continuum of health care through more than 2,000 sponsors, systems, facilities, and related organizations, employing 725,000 individuals.





9) According to a study released in the September 2011 issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology, what percentage of practicing ob/gyns performs abortions?

9) ANSWER: A) 14%.

A) 14%
B) 25%
C) 50%
D) 70%

According to a study released in the September 2011 issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology, the journal of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 14% of practicing ob/gyns perform abortions.





10) Children raised in intact married families are less likely to:

10) ANSWER: D) All of the above.

A) Be physically and sexually abused
B) Use drugs or alcohol
C) Become pregnant / impregnate someone as a teenager
D) All of the above

Here's an overview of pertinent research and more background on the Church's teaching about the importance of fathers and mothers.





11) According to a study by the University of Chicago. . . which factor best predicts that a boy will exhibit good behavior in 5th grade and avoid being suspended in 8th grade?

11) ANSWER: B )

A) Attending a high-quality elementary school
B) Being raised in an intact home with both his father and mother
C) Receiving instruction from a caring and competent teacher
D) Attending a high-quality preschool

Being raised in an intact home with both his father and mother. In addition to confirming again that both moms and dads matter for children, this recent study is unique because it illuminates the crucial influence that fathers have on their sons. The researchers found that even when controlling for school quality and other external factors, the presence or absence of a father at home was the biggest single correlate with a boy’s ability to interact appropriately with peers and adults. A similar effect on girls was not found. Here is more information on why the Church teaches that children need a father and a mother. 





12) Children in single-parent families comprise ______ of all American children, yet they account for ______ of all poor children.

12) ANSWER: A) 27%, 62%.

A) 27%, 62%
B) 31%, 49%
C) 39%, 71%
D) 42%, 50%

Sadly, children in single-parent homes are much more likely to suffer poverty than children being raised by their father and mother – not only material poverty, but also the poverty of lacking one of their parents, usually their father. Strong marriages are the foundation of a strong society. Read more on the relationship between marriage and the common good,





13) Unauthorized migrants take advantage of our welfare system to their own advantage and at the taxpayer’s expense.

13) ANSWER: B) False.

A) True
B) False

On a federal level, and with very few exceptions (for example, prenatal care), unauthorized immigrants are ineligible to receive assistance through means tested public benefits.On a state level, individual states have to make an affirmative legislative decision to provide services to the unauthorized populations; the default position is such that the unauthorized population is prohibited from receiving such benefits.





14) Undocumented immigrants pay taxes.

14) ANSWER: A) True. 

A) True
B) False

Undocumented immigrants pay taxes. Between 50-75% of undocumented immigrants pay federal, state and local taxes. Further still, undocumented workers pay sales taxes where applicable and property taxes—directly if they own and indirectly if they rent.





15) Studies show that unauthorized immigrants provide a net gain of how much to the Social Security system each year?

15) ANSWER: D) $7 billion. 

A) $8 million
B) $100 million
C) $650 million
D) $7 billion

7 billion dollars is the number commonly cited by experts as the amount that unauthorized migrants contribute to the Social Security trust fund annually.  Because they are unable to collect social security due to their unauthorized status, this money helps to ensure the funds long term viability for future generations of retirees.





16) Torture is intrinsically evil.

16) ANSWER:  A) True. 

A) True
B) False

Torture is an intrinsic evil because it is a violation of the dignity of the human person, who is made in the image and likeness of God.2 Even those who may have done evil never shed their intrinsic dignity.





17) What percent of victims maimed or killed by landmines and cluster munitions are civilians?

17) ANSWER:  D) 90%.

A) 20%
B) 40%
C) 70%
D) 90%

Ninety percent of people killed or maimed by landmines and cluster munitions are non-military civilians. In addition, 30-40 percent of those killed or maimed by landmines are children. The United States and Cuba are the only countries in the Western Hemisphere who have not yet signed the Mine Ban Treaty which bans the use of landmines.





18) Life-saving poverty-focused international assistance that fights hunger, disease and poverty makes up what percent of the U.S. federal budget?

18) ANSWER: A) 1%.

A) 1 %
B) 4 %
C) 11 %
D) 16%

Life-saving poverty-focused international assistance that fights hunger, disease and poverty makes up less than 1% of the U.S. federal budget. These life-saving programs include agricultural assistance for subsistence farmers, vaccines for preventable diseases, assistance to orphans and vulnerable children, disaster assistance in places like Haiti, peacekeeping forces to protect innocent civilians in troubled areas such as Sudan and the Congo, and support to migrants and refugees fleeing conflict or persecution in nations such as Iraq.





19) Which of the following are effects of climate change:

19) ANSWER:  D) All of the above. 

A) Increased temperatures
B) Rising sea levels
C) Changes in rainfall that contribute to more frequent and severe floods and droughts
D) All of the above 

Increased temperatures, rising sea levels, and changes in rainfall are all impacts of climate change, and they affect people living in poverty the worst, even though these people contribute the least to climate change. In many poor countries, these impacts of climate change have led to increasingly limited access to water, reduced crop yields, more widespread disease, increased frequency and intensity of natural disasters, and conflict over declining resources—making the lives of the world’s poorest people even more precarious.





20) People with disabilities have a much more difficult time finding the resources they need to live in dignity.

20) ANSWER:  A) True.

A) True
B) False

In 2008, the Census Bureau started collecting statistics on disability status as a way to study the intersection of poverty and disability. The data clearly demonstrate that people with disabilities have a much more difficult time finding the resources they need to live in dignity. In 2010, 28 percent of people with disabilities lived in poverty, a rate over twice as high as people without a disability (12 percent).





[i]  Cancers: Brain Cancer; Retinoblastoma; Ovarian Cancer; Skin Cancer: Merkel Cell Carcinoma; Testicular Cancer; Tumors abdominal organs Lymphoma; Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma; Hodgkin's Lymphoma; Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia; Acute Myelogenous Leukemia; Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia; Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia; Chronic Myelomonocytic Leukemia; Cancer of the lymph nodes: Angioimmunoblastic Lymphadenopathy; Multiple Myeloma; Myelodysplasia; Breast Cancer; Neuroblastoma; Renal Cell Carcinoma; Various Solid Tumors; Soft Tissue Sarcoma; Ewing's Sarcoma; Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia; Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis; POEMS syndrome; Myelofibrosis; Auto-Immune Diseases: Diabetes Type I (Juvenile); Systemic Lupus; Sjogren's Syndrome; Myasthenia; Autoimmune Cytopenia; Scleromyxedema; Scleroderma; Crohn's Disease; Behcet's Disease; Rheumatoid Arthritis; Juvenile Arthritis; Multiple Sclerosis; Polychondritis; Systemic Vasculitis; Alopecia Universalis; Buerger's Disease; Cardiovascular Acute Heart Damage; Chronic Coronary Artery Disease; Ocular Corneal regeneration; Immunodeficiencies: Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Syndrome; X-linked Lymphoproliferative Syndrome; X-linked Hyper immunoglobulin M Syndrome; Neural Degenerative Diseases and Injuries: Parkinson's Disease; Spinal Cord Injury; Stroke Damage; Anemias and Other Blood Conditions: Sickle Cell Anemia; Sideroblastic Anemia; Aplastic Anemia; Red Cell Aplasia; Amegakaryocytic Thrombocytopenia; Thalassemia; Primary Amyloidosis; Diamond Blackfan Anemia; Fanconi's Anemia; Chronic Epstein-Barr Infection; Wounds and Injuries: Limb Gangrene; Surface Wound Healing; Jawbone Replacement; Skull Bone Repair; Other Metabolic Disorders: Hurler's Syndrome; Osteogenesis Imperfecta; Krabbe Leukodystrophy; Osteopetrosis; Cerebral X-Linked Adrenoleukodystrophy; Liver Disease: Chronic Liver Failure; Liver Cirrhosis; Bladder Disease: End-Stage Bladder Disease.

2 Vatican Council II. Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World § 27: “Whatever is hostile to life itself, such as any kind of homicide, genocide, abortion, euthanasia and voluntary suicide; whatever violates the integrity of the human person, such as mutilation, physical and mental torture and attempts to coerce the spirit…all these and the like are a disgrace, and so long as they infect human civilization they contaminate those who inflict them more than those who suffer injustice, and they are a negation of the honor due to the Creator.”

Catechism of the Catholic Church . § 2297-2298. “Torture which uses physical or moral violence to extract confessions, punish the guilty, frighten opponents, or satisfy hatred is contrary to respect for the person and for human dignity.   2298: In times past, cruel practices were commonly used by legitimate governments to maintain law and order, often without protest from the Pastors of the Church, who themselves adopted in their own tribunals the prescriptions of Roman law concerning torture. Regrettable as these facts are, the Church always taught the duty of clemency and mercy. She forbade clerics to shed blood. In recent times it has become evident that these cruel practices were neither necessary for public order, nor in conformity with the legitimate rights of the human person. On the contrary, these practices led to ones even more degrading. It is necessary to work for their abolition. We must pray for the victims and their tormentors.

Compendium of The Social Doctrine of The Church . § 404. In carrying out investigations, the regulation against the use of torture, even in the case of serious crimes, must be strictly observed: “Christ’s disciple refuses every recourse to such methods, which nothing could justify and in which the dignity of man is as much debased in his torturer as in the torturer’s victim (John Paul II, Address to the International Committee of the Red Cross, Geneva ,15 June 1982, 5: L’Osservatore Romano, English edition, 26 July 1982, p. 3) International juridical instruments concerning human rights correctly indicate a prohibition against torture as a principle which cannot be contravened under any circumstances.

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