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Marriage in decline among ‘moderately educated’

Catholic World News - December 13, 2010

Marriage is on the decline and divorce is on the rise among the “moderately educated”-- that is, those with a high school diploma but without a college degree-- according to the latest edition of “The State of Our Unions,” an annual study published by the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia and the Center for Marriage and Families at the Institute for American Values.

“The attitudes of the moderately educated have traditionally been more socially conservative on a cluster of marriage-related matters, but they now appear to be turning more socially permissive, even as highly educated Americans have become more likely to embrace a marriage-minded mindset,” the study observes.

The study also found that while 34% of 25-to-60-year-olds with college degrees attend church regularly, only 28% of the “moderately educated” and 23% of the “least educated” do so.

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  • Posted by: rjdobie9424 - Dec. 13, 2010 12:03 PM ET USA

    These results are actually not all that suprising, considering my own experience. Whereas in the past, a broadly Christian culture preserved and even nurtured the faith of the simple, today it actively undermines and destroys it. It seems that today one needs a doctorate in philosophy or theology to see through and resist the relentless anti-Christian propaganda of our media, entertainment and educational institutions (and even then, a Ph.D. does not guarentee fidelity!).

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