Young Catholics are leaving the faith earlier than ever, and the reason is science.

By |2018-07-06T13:40:00-08:00July 6th, 2018|Categories: News, Religion|Tags: , , , , , , |15 Comments

Courtesy of OpenTeq:

Young Catholics are leaving the faith at an early age – sometimes before the age of 10 – and their reasons are deeper than being “bored at Mass,” the author of a recent report claims.

“Those that are leaving for no religion – and a pretty big component of them saying they are atheist or agnostic – it turns out that when you probe a bit more deeply and you allow them to talk in their own words, that they are bringing up things that are related to science and a need for evidence and a need for proof,” said Doctor Mark Gray, a senior research associate at the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University.

“It’s almost a crisis in faith,” he told CNA. “In the whole concept of faith, this is a generation that is struggling with faith in ways that we haven’t seen in previous generations.”

Gray recently published the results of two national studies by CARA – which conducts social science research about the Church – in the publication Our Sunday Visitor. One of the surveys was of those who were raised Catholic but no longer identified as Catholic, ages 15 to 25. The second survey was of self-identified Catholics age 18 and over.

In exploring why young Catholics were choosing to leave the faith, he noted “an emerging profile” of youth who say they find the faith “incompatible with what they are learning in high school or at the university level.” In a perceived battle between the Catholic Church and science, the Church is losing.

The studies also reveal that the young people are abandoning the faith as early as ten years old and that the typical age is around thirteen. 

This, of course, warms the cockles of my disbelieving heart. 

I have for over a decade predicted what I call the “New Enlightenment,” and to see it happening before my eyes is incredibly gratifying.

“Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people living for today”

I have only one wish before I die, and that is to see a world no longer torn apart by belief in primitive superstitions. 

Perhaps that is too much to hope for, but hope for it I do.

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  1. anonymous July 6, 2018 at 6:03 am

    AMEN (meaning ‘so be it.’) Jessie.

  2. Anonymous July 6, 2018 at 6:27 am

    What ever happened to the Westboro Baptist Church?
    They used to be everywhere. Run out of money?

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  4. Anonymous July 6, 2018 at 7:32 am

    You really don’t understand modern Catholicism, and by modern were talking back to the 70’s, 90%+ of the kids don’t really believe in it (or at least have severe questions and conflicts), as well as their parents. But it continues on because they offer decent private education and social events for all the parishioners. It is like a big happy members only club. That is the way Catholicism works. Parents went to school, got a decent education, they send their kids there for the same…. and on and on.

    You aren’t on to any breaking news. And yes there are a few old ladies that show up for 6am mass every day and do the rosary, hey if it makes them happy and gives them zen, go for it.

    • Anonymous July 6, 2018 at 8:05 am

      7:32 AM – the older I get, I agree with you. Who gives a tinker’s damn what people believe. If it threatens you, the problem is YOU.

      • Gryphen July 6, 2018 at 8:30 am

        And that folks is exactly the kind of thinking which saw indigenous people slaughtered by the millions, non-believers tortured and burned at the stake, and people dumbed down into no longer being able to differentiate between reality and fantasy.

      • Whatevs July 6, 2018 at 8:59 am

        Well it does threaten me. The anti-Choice be a breeder (they are also anti birth control, even for married couples) threaten me and all women. It threatens our freedom, bodily autonomy and right to privacy. Now if they merely said this is the way it is for a Catholic fine. However they want this doctrine.pushed a law.for all.They are the problem.

        The massive takeover of hospitals threaten me as an “older.person” and face it, we’ll all be old someday, who believes on death with dignity. 1The RV is the problem.

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  6. anon July 6, 2018 at 9:32 am

    the bureaucracy of religion needs money every day to run the machine of faith.

  7. can't get past the olives July 6, 2018 at 10:01 am

    So, then, does this mean Catholics eat more olives than non-catholics?

    And why is Willow touting this on a pizza?

  8. Anonymous July 6, 2018 at 10:33 am

    And this my friends is why the evangelicals turn a blind eye to Trump’s shenanigans. They have nothing left. I for one would like to see Christmas stricken from the national holiday list unless we honor all religions and cults. When will National Hug Your Weapon day be?

  9. Anonymous July 6, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    Oh the drama Gryph….

    Stalin, atheist (and Socialist)

    Stalin was “one of the most notorious figures in history”, one who ordered “the systematic killing of people on a massive scale”. Khlevniuk stated that Stalin’s actions “upended or utterly destroyed literally millions upon millions of lives”, suggesting that at least 60 million people faced some form of repression or discrimination under Stalin’s regime. Official records show that 800,000 were shot in the Soviet Union between 1930 and 1952, although a larger number died during torture or as a result of poor conditions in labour camps. Many more died as a result of famines and starvation; particularly during the 1932–33 famine.

    In his 2008 edition of The Great Terror, Conquest stated that “at least 15 million people” were killed by “the whole range of Soviet regime’s terrors”, although acknowledged that exact numbers will never be known. The historian and archival researcher Stephen G. Wheatcroft attributes roughly 3 million deaths to the Stalinist regime, including those from criminal negligence but excluding famine deaths, which he and historian R. W. Davies estimate to be around 5.5 to 6.5 million. The American historian Timothy D. Snyder asserts that while the Nazi regime killed 11–12 million non-combatants, Stalin’s was responsible for about 6–9 million, negating claims that Stalin killed more than Hitler.

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