Catholic students struggle with ‘outdated and inflexible’ traditions

Cara Pozolo identifies herself as a member of the Catholic faith, but said she doesn’t always agree with all of the church’s teachings.

Pozolo, a senior at the University of Notre Dame, is one of many students who find themselves struggling to accept some of the Catholic church’s beliefs.

These students are not alone. A  recent USA Today article, examined the survey “Catholics in America: Persistence and change in the Catholic landscape.”

The survey examined the beliefs and practices of 1,442 U.S. Catholic adults. The research was led by Catholic University sociologist William D’Antonio, and provided detailed information about specific beliefs.

According to the article, the survey found that 86% of those surveyed believed “you can disagree with aspects of the church’s teachings and still remain loyal to the church.”

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