This GCSE RE quiz on Catholicism takes a look at Catholics in society. ‘Society’ across the world differs hugely in its composition and political complexion, yet the Catholic Church (by definition) maintains and expresses its presence pretty well everywhere ~ certainly in Europe (mainly its south, broadly around the shores of the Mediterranean, in lands where Latin-based languages are spoken) and those countries’ former colonies, notably ‘Latin’ America and the old French holdings in Africa and the Far East. In Russia the Orthodox Church has more traction, even since before the officially atheist period under communism (1917-90); in such places as the USA and Australia, Catholicism has on the whole a steady presence within the wider Christian mainstream.
How can, should and does the Catholic Church make its distinctive mark on people and peoples?
The varied but usually recognisable church buildings, and preference on Catholic-flavoured education (i.e. provision of faith schools), offer an institutional and infrastructural marker; but where Catholics hold the reins of otherwise secular power, you would expect to find firm and conservative policies in force on such issues as abortion, contraception and euthanasia. Meanwhile individual Catholics will be socially and politically active, developing their performing talents, supporting and initiating charitable initiatives such as food-banks, and generally serving God wherever He has seen fit to lead them.