Afflicting the Comfortable


in The Catholic Studies Reader

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780823234103
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823240906 | DOI:

Series: Catholic Practice in North America

Afflicting the Comfortable

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A recent report released by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life detailing the religious landscape of the modern United States found that many Americans move from one religion to another with relative ease. More than a quarter of Americans, for instance, no longer practice the religion in which they were raised and have either joined another denomination or disassociated themselves from organized religion altogether. Approximately one-third of the survey respondents who say they were raised Catholic no longer describe themselves as Catholic. A number of Catholic colleges and universities have developed Catholic Studies programs in an attempt to engage undergraduates in a study of Catholic culture while preparing them to assume leadership in the twenty-first-century Catholic Church. However, students may not be sympathetic to a traditional academic approach to the study of Catholicism. This chapter advocates for a semester-long focus on the tradition of Catholic social teaching in order to bridge the divide between Catholic Studies and Catholic campus life.

Keywords: United States; Catholicism; Catholics; Catholic Church; Catholic Studies; Catholic Studies programs; social teaching; campus life

Chapter.  6785 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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