How does this apply to nations that are perceived to be staunchly Catholic, say Italy or Spain?
Well, Spain is one of the most secular nations. Spain is a formerly Catholic country. Spain is Catholic in name only. It’s nothing more than a cultural distinction at this point. Spain has the lowest fertility rate in Europe; Spain has one of the lowest church attendance rates in Europe. Now, Ireland still has a pretty high church attendance rate, but it’s coming down really fast. They just haven’t caught up with the rest of secular Europe yet. And their demography is falling apart in the same way as the rest of Europe. Italy and Spain are the two countries with the most non-Catholic demographics that we see. That’s really shocking when you look at it. Both countries are way below population replacement, and both have extremely low church attendance rates If one gives to causes with political implications, say, pro-life groups, does this count as charity? If so, how is that different than donating to a full-blown political campaign in order to further one’s own preferences? Or are they