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A Vatican Literacy Quiz

July 25th, 2010, Promulgated by Vox Clara

I came across a post recently on John L Allen Jr’s NCR blog “All Things Catholic.” I highly recommend that you check it our and see how you perform on his quiz. Allen’s suggestion is that one might offer this quiz to anybody who hold brazen opinions on matters concerning the Vatican, especially when they appear to know very little. It’s really an ingenious idea, especially given how many Americans feel qualified to pontificate on what our pontiff ought to be saying or doing.

For my part, I passed muster. I missed number 3 after narrowing it to two options and guessing the wrong one and missed number 10 the same way. That must make me an awful guesser or something since I missed to 50/50 shots in a row! I’m eager to hear how all of you do and let me know if this quiz proves useful to you.

Lastly, and unrelated to this post, Utilitarianism II will come eventually. I meant to do it last week, but something came up.



7 Responses to “A Vatican Literacy Quiz”

  1. Mike says:

    7 out of 10 for me. (Ouch!)

  2. Nerina says:

    Two wrong for me, #4 and #8. But I must admit to some “process of elimination” on some of the questions. I’m a borderline ignorant pontificator 🙂

  3. Bernie says:

    7 out of 10 for me. Does that put me on probation?

  4. Bernie says:

    Some angry responses to the quiz by liberals on the NCR site are really funny. I can actually see smoke coming out of my computer.

  5. Dr. K says:

    #s 3 and 10 wrong.

    80% is good… I guess.

  6. Choirloft says:

    Imagine that, I got 10 out of 10 correct. Question #3 obviously had to be way more than 10 and way fewer than 2,000. 100 would seem to fewer and 250 would seem right. Question #2 I just got lucky on.

  7. Vox Clara says:

    Bernie, it wasn’t as bad as I had expected, but there was no shortage of vitriol. Congrats Choir, but I haven’t got a prize for you!
    I got a lot of my answers (and found this quiz) by reading many of the links on They’ve also got the Catholic Encyclopedia which has proven very useful to me when I’ve needed answers about things Catholic.

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