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DC think-tank finds mixed trends affecting American culture, family life

Catholic World News - July 23, 2014

A new study by the Heritage Foundation finds hopeful trends in some American cultural indicators, but discouraging news on other fronts.

The 2014 Index of Culture and Opportunity, released by the Washington-based think-tank on July 23, points to favorable trends in the American abortion rate, divorce rate, charter-school availability, and job openings. However the analysts also see bad news in the rates of marriage and fertility, the rise in the number of single-parent households, dips in volunteerism and religious attendance, declining reading levels, and increases in student-loan debt, unemployment, taxation, and government regulation.

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