A Faith Loosely Held

The institutional allegiance of young Catholics

The demise of religious traditions is about the loss of the young, not the death of the old. The present is the future. Young adults-those twenty through thirty-nine years of age-now constitute nearly 40 percent of America’s 60 million Catholics. They are a large segment of the 20 million or so Catholics who appear disconnected from their tradition, that is, who do not attend Mass regularly or have no official parish connection. These...

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About the Author

Juan L. Gonzales, Jr. is professor of sociology at California State University, Hayward.