Yesterday's Tribune featured an article about the attempts being made to shore up Catholic education in Illinois, and especially in the Archdiocese of Chicago, where there has been a really precipitous decline in enrollment.
And this week's America magazine includes a tidbit about young adult Catholics: "strong identity, weak commitment."
Could the two be related? Even if the article in America was on the "millennial generation," born after 1979, and parents of school-age children more likely to be Gen Xers, there could be some common lack of commitment "to the institutional church or its moral teachings" (in the words of the America article). I can see that many higher-income young parents might choose schools more for their social advantage than for their religious affiliation... And the impact on Catholic education--especially the valuable education our Catholic schools offer disadvantaged children?
Is the response to rescue our venerable Catholic school system, or are we facing a situation that calls for something more radical? An approach to evangelization that again addresses adults? Because the Millennial generation study indicates that we certainly can't count on this generation to value Catholic education.