The Value of Organized Religion to a Representative Republic
Fewer Americans are attending traditional church services. Fewer are attending Catholic schools, too.
According to Gallup, the number of Americans who belong to a church, synagogue or mosque continued to decline last year, dropping below 50 percent for the first time in Gallup's eight-decade trend.
And thanks to the COVID pandemic, ABC News says enrollment in Catholic schools has seen the largest single-year decline in at least five decades.
I’m not sure what this rapid secularization of America means for our future.
But I do admit I wish more of today’s children could experience the memorable upbringing I enjoyed growing up in a Catholic family.
Growing up Catholic in the 1970s meant going to a Catholic school.
Unlike too many schools today, in which some teachers fear their students, it was a time when we students of St. Germaine Catholic School feared the sisters.
The sisters ran their classrooms in a structured, orderly manner, and they took guff from no kid.
The floors were so clean, you could eat off of them. The blackboards had a brighter sheen than a Cadillac fender.
And our desks, which were subject to frequent and unannounced inspections, were expected to be organized at all times.