a disturbing story from the NYTimes says that only 20 percent of those in San Francisco are Catholic,and that people who are Catholic are ashamed/afraid of admitting it. In a city where intolerance is otherwise vilified, it has become socially awkward to profess devotion to any mainstream faith. While mentions of spirituality, meditation and yoga pass without comment, those who follow organized religions face, at minimum, a Berkeley eye roll.
It is hard to avoid this feeling.
When a friend said she attended Mass every Saturday night, it was the only time in 13 years living in the Bay Area that I had heard that. Later, she admitted she rarely shared that part of her life because she was concerned about the reaction. Mass? How odd. That is not how my friends in New England think.
He blames the priest molestation problem, but notice no one worries about gays seducing boys in schools, or paying runaway 13 year olds for sex.
The answer is twofold: One, among the elite, being catholic can get you ridiculed, so they stay silent.
The other problem is class: as the article notes, most of the Catholics are Hispanic or Filipino. And the elites proclaim their tolerance, but probably don't know much about the non whites in their area, because they aren't part of the elites.
It's like Tina Brown claiming she hated to leave NYCity where she didn't have to put up with "christians" in her neighborhood.
It's like Chesterton's "invisible man". The Catholics (and Christians and Muslims) are the bus drivers, the cops, the street cleaners, the nurses, the nannies and maids.
They just aren't seen by the elites. But the church is there for them.