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James T. Fisher and Margaret M. McGuinness

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780823234103

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823234103.001.0001

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Afflicting the Comfortable

Afflicting the Comfortable

The Role of Catholic Social Teaching in Catholic Studies Programs

(p.193) 9 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

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