The Next Generation: A Diagnosis

Young Adult Catholics
Religion in the Culture of Choice
Dean R. Hoge, William D. Dinges, Mary Johnson, S.N.D. de N., Juan L. Gonzales Jr.
University of Notre Dame Press, $19, 296 pp.

The Basic Guide to Young Adult Ministry
John C. Cusick and Katherine F. DeVries
Orbis, $25, 223 pp.

"In the not too distant past, the backbone of Catholic Church life, from parishes and organizations to ordained and professed religious, was people twenty-five to forty-five years old. On most levels of the church today, the leadership is still held by that same group-not the same age group, but the same people now twenty to thirty years older."

- John C. Cusick &...

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About the Author

Peter Steinfels, co-founder of the Fordham Center on Religion and Culture and a former editor of Commonweal, is the author of A People Adrift: The Crisis of the Roman Catholic Church in America.