Do Catholic universities produce better Catholics?
The Cardinal Newman Society (CNS) interpreted the study to say that attending a Catholic University has, “little, if any, positive impact on a Catholic student’s acceptance or practice of his or her Catholic Faith.”
“Everyone expects a Catholic college to be markedly different from a secular one. Students should be inspired to embrace and deepen their Catholic faith, not negotiate around Catholic moral teaching,” CNS President told The Examiner.
Some of the highlights of the study:
- 31 % of students at Catholic colleges and universities became more supportive of legal abortion and that 39 percent embraced same-sex marriage (compared to 16 percent that favored pro-life and traditional marriage stands)
- only 7% increased attendance at religious services, while 32 percent actually reduced their attendance
- 12% of Catholic students left the Catholic faith while attending a Catholic institution.
The survey relied upon surveys from 34 Catholic colleges and universities, however, the specific institutions were not named in the study.
2:00 p.m. update: Mark Gray from CARA emailed Vox to note that the article linked to in this post expresses “the unscientific and subjective view of the Cardinal Newman Society/Patrick Reilly.”