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Going, Going, Gone

The Dynamics of Disaffiliation in Young Catholics


Author: Robert J. McCarty and John M. Vitek

Publisher: Saint Mary’s Press

ISBN: 978-1-59982-982-1

Item Number: STMR-829821



The unprecedented report on why young people leave the Catholic Church based on the comprehensive national study conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown and Saint Mary's Press. Uniquely details the many and varied reasons for disaffiliation by telling young people's stories in their own words. Goes beyond statistical data to reveal the textured, nuanced personal narratives and the in-depth analysis of the "storied" data. The study surveyed and interviewed youth and young adults, ages 15-25, who once self-identified as Catholic and no longer do. The study reveals that disaffiliation from the church is largely a thoughtful, conscious, intentional choice made by young people in a secularized society where faith and religious practice are seen as one option among many.  Provides a set of implications for pastoral ministry with young people. A list of critical questions for pastoral ministers and educators is proposed to help generate and lead robust conversation in light of the research findings. Paperback, 7.25 x 9.125, 78 pages. (©2018)

Weight: 0.326 lbs


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