The Open Society and Catholic Religious Tolerance



This chapter develops a new indicator of global religious tolerance, and it analyzes the performance of the practicing Roman Catholics in comparison with the overall respective national performances.

Based on the latest survey wave of the World Values Survey (2015), we first show how much religious tolerance or intolerance shapes public opinion in the individual countries of the world. We then ask ourselves whether or not active, practicing Roman Catholics who attend Church services each Sunday (in Catholic jargon the Dominicantes) are more or less tolerant than overall society concerning our chosen tolerance indicators:
  1. 1.

    Disagree or strongly disagree: The only acceptable religion is my religion.

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    Agree or strongly agree: All religions should be taught in public schools.

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    Agree or strongly agree: People who belong to different religions are probably just as moral as those who belong to mine.

  4. 4.

    Trust completely or somewhat: People of another religion.

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    Meaning of religion: Do good to other people.


According to our data, the religiously most tolerant Catholic community in the world is found in the Caribbean state of Trinidad and Tobago, followed by the practicing Catholics in Australia, Brazil, the Netherlands, and the United States.


World Values Survey Religious tolerance European Union Migration Catholic values 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of InnsbruckInnsbruckAustria
  2. 2.American Studies CenterUniversity of WarsawWarsawPoland

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