Why Young Catholics are Leaving in Droves

(and what can be done to keep them Catholic)

At the U.S. Bishops Meeting in June 2019, Bishop Robert Barron, Chairman of the Bishops’ Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis, spoke of the massive apostasy of Catholic youth and cited statistics such as “half the kids we baptized and confirmed in the last 30 years are now ex-Catholics or unaffiliated.” To put that into perspective, he said that “one out of six millennials in the U.S. is now a former Catholic.” On 12/17/16 the CNA/EWTN News carried an article called “Why Catholics are leaving the faith by age 10 – and what parents can do about it.”  Read it here.

 why are young catholics leaving in droves?

Years ago while teaching CCD I became aware of the skepticism among Catholic teens when they asked me “You don’t really believe in Adam and Eve, do you?” I learned from them that their unbelief in the fundamental doctrines of Genesis was because of their belief in evolution.  




An enormous number of books have been written in the last 150 years claiming that the Catholic Church is not competent to speak of science. 
Invariably at some point “the Galileo Case” is trotted out as “proof.” 


When Christian Smith and his fellow researchers with the National Study of Youth and Religion at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill took a close look at the religious beliefs held by American teenagers, they found that the faith held and described by most adolescents came down to something the researchers identified as “Moralistic Therapeutic Deism.”



What others have written about how the young are losing their Faith because of “science” taught to them in school
click here. One reviewer said this book is “fascinating, eye-opening, and often funny.” For more reviews of this book click here. Creation, Evolution, and Catholicism: A Discussion for Those Who Believe, will give you all the answers you need. You can buy a Kindle (digital) edition or a printed edition here. The Kindle edition can be read on any device (tablet, iPhone, PC) using the free Amazon app.

Survey after survey indicates the young are leaving in droves. The “New Evangelization” needs a really good new idea and this book presents that new idea. One reviewer called this book “fascinating, eye-opening, and often funny.” It is all of that and more. The book for the non-professional, that is, parents, priests, and mature students who have heard of the creation vs. evolution controversy and wonder what it has to do with Catholicism. A much more detailed description can be found on Amazon where it is available as a kindle ebook or printed edition.


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