Median age for leaving the church is 13

At a symposium prior to the Santa Clara Faith Formation Conference, researchers from St. Mary’s Press discussed findings from their study “Going, Going, Gone: the Dynamics of Catholic Disaffiliation”

To find Catholics who have left the church, start looking at the faces in the pews, according to a recent report. A 2018 study on young adults leaving the Catholic Church found people stopped identifying as Catholics at a median age of 13 years old, long before they ceased attending a parish. The report adds to the picture of a church that more people are leaving and that fewer … [Read more...]

Two LA bishops selected to represent US at youth synod

Archbishop Jose Gomez and Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron among five US prelates approved by pope

Archbishop José H. Gomez is among the bishops elected by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and ratified by Pope Francis to represent the United States at the upcoming XV Ordinary General Assembly: Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment, to take place October 3-28. “It is an honor and privilege to be selected to represent the Church in the United … [Read more...]

Pope Francis sets two teenagers on path to canonization

Alexia González-Barros, 14, offered her sufferings from a malignant tumor for the Church; Carlo Acutis, 15, used his computer skills to catalogue Eucharistic miracles before his death from leukemia

Pope Francis has issued decrees advancing the Causes of two teenagers who heroically lived the Christian virtues. At a meeting with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes, the Pope signed a decree recognising the heroic virtues of Alexia González-Barros, who offered her sufferings from a malignant tumour for the Church. González was born … [Read more...]

A wake-up call to liberal theologians

Younger Catholics turning to neo-traditionalist circles for instruction, re-examining what’s happened in the church since the 1960s and reacting against the theology that came out of the Second Vatican Council

The estrangement between academic theology and the institutional Church is one reason many younger Catholics are now turning to neo-traditionalist circles for instruction. A new generation is re-examining what’s happened in the church since the 1960s and reacting against the theology that came out of the Second Vatican Council. Some younger Catholics are also questioning the … [Read more...]

Don’t call yourself traditionalist

Cardinal Sarah urges Church to embrace young Catholics who prefer the older form of the Roman Rite

Cardinal Robert Sarah has praised young Catholics who prefer the older form of the Roman Rite, saying he can “personally testify to the sincerity and devotion of these young men and women”. In a speech to the Fifth Roman Colloquium on Summorum Pontificum, held at the Pontifical University of St Thomas (Angelicum), the cardinal added that other Catholics should “open your … [Read more...]

Miscontraceptions, the film

Documentary brings NFP to the millenials

The following comes from a March 24 Conjugality blog post: Having produced several videos about natural family planning (NFP) and fertility awareness methods (FAM), I know how challenging it can be to come up with original angles, fresh dialogues, authentic couple conversations and disagreements, and narratives that can captivate the target audience. That’s exactly what … [Read more...]