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By Diogenes (articles ) | Apr 14, 2008

In an article in USA Today, abundantly credentialed Professor of Religion Stephen Prothero twirls his sociological willow in the face of stolid ultramontanism ...

Young Catholics are shockingly ignorant of the most basic tenets of their faith. Many cannot name any of the four Gospels, or identify Genesis as the first book of the Bible. To educate American Catholic youth, however, is to tell them that their church opposes premarital sex, condoms, abortion and the ordination of women -- teachings that according to Sex and the Soul, a recently released study by my Boston University colleague Donna Freitas, are chasing Catholic youth out of the church in droves.

... only to be sent back to the pavilion by Amy Welborn, first ball:

[Prothero's] implication is that young Catholics stop associating with the Church because of its teachings on sexuality and ordination of women. This begs the question -- and an important one -- do young people raised in churches that do have more liberal views on these issues stick with their churches? ... Are Episcopal churches filled with young adults?


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  • Posted by: - Apr. 15, 2008 8:42 AM ET USA

    I have been attending an Eastern Rite parish for the better part of a year. I moved from a Latin Rite parish with lots of gray heads bobbing & weaving to the tunes of Haugen & Haas. The new parish is crawling with kids of all ages, all neatly dressed for church, most of whom are home schooled. Many young adults who have grown up and moved elsewhere regularly return to this parish. A small but notable example of how the orthodox faith attracts young people.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 15, 2008 8:00 AM ET USA

    Many of the young people "leaving the Church" have relatively little experience with Mass attendance, strong Catholic role models, and the Bible. Most of their information about the Church seems to come from the MSM and word of mouth. No wonder that they proudly excommunicate (not that they know what that means) themselves from the Church at the earliest opportunity. Amy's piece is an excellent analysis of the doldrums of Catholic culture in the United States. Bishops, wake up!

  • Posted by: - Apr. 14, 2008 11:32 PM ET USA

    Take my word for it; the kids are way too bored out of their minds by that age to have even heard that the Church teaches anything at all. The candy floss catechesis, St. Barney of Sesame Street Hymnal and Multiplex Missionaries of the Extraordinary Cup and Saucer brigade (light pantsuit infantry division) have ensured that any of that Humanae Vitae Latinate Libido Domini stuff has not only been forgottten - it was never learned.