Young People in the United States Are Leaving the Church In Crowds

June 24, 2019

From June 11-14, 2019, the Spring Plenary Session of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) was held, during which the dangerously high numbers of young people leaving the Church were published.

Bishop Robert Barron, Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles, was charged with presenting the statistics on defections in the Church on the first day of the session of the USCCB. His comment is incontrovertible: “Half of the children we have baptized and confirmed during the last 30 years no longer consider themselves to be Catholic.”

Another perspective of this rampant apostasy sounds like a death knell—for one person who discovers or joins the Church across the Atlantic, nearly seven leave her, most at an early age. The median age of those leaving the Church is 13 years.

It is regrettable that such a lucid and dramatic statement does not lead to a courageous start in favor of a return to the fundamentals of the Faith and to the Tradition of the Church. Thus, Bishop Barron has proposed to the USCCB the following solution, “We should talk about the Bible the way people would like to hear it.” The Millennials—as we now call the under-30 crowd—have not finished leaving the Church.