Move over, Gen X: Here comes Millennial

Data from the World Values Survey, gathered by researchers in 58 countries, tends to bear out impressions of a conservative trend. It shows that the “millennial generation” of young Catholics - those born in 1982 or later - has returned to the traditional religious attitudes and behavior of generations born before World War II, said Mark M. Gray, a research associate at the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University. The values survey, coordinated by the University of Michigan, has been conducted periodically since 1981 by researchers who pool their data and make it available to scholars.

Catholics in the “millennial generation” are more likely to attend Mass weekly, pray every day, feel that religion is important and have a lot of confidence in the church than Catholics in either the Vatican II generation (born 1943 to 1960) or those in the Post-Vatican II generation (1961 to 1981), he said.

Sister Mary Bendyna, executive director of the Georgetown center, said young Catholics seemed to be “more receptive to the church, they participate more than their Generation X brothers and sisters, and are a little less cynical about institutions in general, the church included.”

They are theologically conservative, but not conservative across the board when it comes to political issues, she said.

“They are more involved in traditional conservative religious practices, but they’re very receptive to social justice messages about serving the poor,” she said.

Personally I don’t see it…but I have heard that before. Alleluia

Goodbye vocational crisis…

That would describe my friends and me quite well. I was born in the 80’s :smiley: As well, I know of two of my friends who are studying to become priests, and another dicerning, as well as my best friend beginning to discern becoming a nun… This is out of a group of around 8-9 of us that tend to hang out together.

I do!!! I have an 18 yo, 15 yo, 13 yo, and 9 yo and I can tell you that I really see the difference in them compared to the babysitters I have had for them. That is about a 10-15 yr difference in ages. Here are just a few things I have seen: My oldest son (18 yo) applied to the city of Chicago(we live about 3 hours away) to hold a Great to be Straight rally and parade after he saw all the gay pride parades that were allowed. The city turned him down citing that it may inflame others and cause a riot. What a piece of ****! Anyway, he did all of this without any prompting from me, in fact I didn’t know about it until after he was rejected. That was junior year, he is a senior now, and I am proud to say that he confided in me that he is still a virgin and plans to remain so until he is married. He has been dating a wonderful young lady for 7 months and still has not changed his mind. I switched him from Catholic school to public school this year because I needed him to be there for his 15 yo brother that just isn’t Catholic school material, within the first week I had calls from the principal and dean of students telling me what a good job I must have done raising my boys after the oldest was overheard daring to speak up to a group of boys bragging about getting drunk and high…he said, “Oh, puking and acting like an idiot is fun? You are kidding! That is so not cool.” He has also volunteered to chaparone my 13 yo daughters dances after finding out that some boys were acting inappropriately at the dances. My other son I worried about more because he is more of a follower, until I had a confrontation with our local police that went like this: My 15 yo went up to the school to help his brother with musical practice, when it was over he started walking home. On the way home they had discovered that several cars had been vandalized and the police were called. So as my son was walking home he was stopped by the police asking him where he had been. He told them that he was at the school but he was inside during play practice so they let him go after he showed them his access badge for the stage crew. He kept walking, some kids he knew stopped him and asked why he was talking to the police so he told them. They asked if he knew who did it and he replied, “No.” One of the boys then showed him the rock he used to break the windows of the cars (3 total I think). Less than a block later he was stopped again by a different police officer and asked about the vandalism, this time he told the police what he knew. About this time he was about 30 mins later than I expected him to be so I called the school and my oldest told me about the cars and then told me he sent his brother home 10 mins ago but he was staying to console the music director as her car was one of the ones damaged. OK it takes about 7 mins to walk to the school from my house so I went outside to see if I could find my son but I could not. In the mean time, I am starting to panic so I look down the street towards the school, I see a car along the side of the road not moving…starting to panic I had visions of my son being hit by a car or getting hurt…you know the mom paranoia thing, I started to walk toward the car, about a block away I see that it is a police car and my son is standing there talking to the police. I was so relieved that he was ok but mad that he was so late and scared that they might think he did it. I walked over to the police car and told my son that he was late and that I was worried about him. The police immediately told me that he was helping them so I asked why they couldn’t have driven 2 blocks to my house so that I knew my son was alright and they apologized. They asked him to identify the kids that he saw and he said yes. He was a little nervous about the kids knowing it was him but he knew it was the right thing to do.

The point is, the kids in high school today are much more moral than 10 or 15 yrs ago, they do get involved when they are given the chance. When the kids were young, the teens I had babysitting them were supposed to be the “good girls” from good families, yet both of the girls I had watch my kids have had kids out of wedlock, one married the guy the other one didn’t. The married one has really straighted up her life, she was on drugs when she got pregnant and this wasn’t her 1st pregnancy(she had at least 2 abortions). She is now a good mom and is a confidant of my 13 yo daughter who is now babysitting her daughter. Funny how things change! I am encouraged when I see my kids stand up for what they know is right especially when society puts pressure on them to “accept” every liberal idea that comes along. There is hope for our kids, I have seen it!!! They care about right and wrong, they care about our next pope, they are willing to get involved in helping others. I could go on but I think you see where I am going.

You are talking about the Catholic trend only, right? (Although, I wouldn’t be so quick to agree on that one, either…) Because if you’re talking Millennials in general… :eek:

edit: OK, yes, you’re talking about Catholics only (hehe, sorry, just re-read the first post). Never mind, then.

My friends and I definately fall into this group of Catholic millenials, even if we call ourselves rightly the tail end of the Gen-X’ers. I was born in 1980, and I used to be quite the… erm… let’s just say wild child. It’s a nice way of putting it. I turned around 180 degrees after my 23rd birthday - that moral and noble side in me finally got its chance to speak. I have found that many of the people I feel most comfortable with are just like me - coming around to being traditionally minded, and very sensitive to the nature of the world around us.

I want to say it was seeing how free, wild and aloof our own parents (generalizing) - the baby boomer, love child set - were growing up, and how they choose to raise us so independent, no boundary, and “liberal” (oooh, such a horrid term to some, but not me) that these mindsets gave us the tools to realize we didn’t need to ‘rebel’ like they did, and so many of the people I grew up with are shocking their parents and settling into very conservative, very intelligent belief structures.

I think it almost takes being brought up in such a wild world, to make one pine for the comforts of conservativism. When you fear the loose morals, loose beliefs, loose commercialism of anything that moves, you tend to want the security of set standards, set rules, and set paths to take for your spiritual development. At least that is what my friends and I seem to appreciate most.

I still want to change the world like my parents did, I just want to do it with the “wild” intelligence I was born with, and give the people the steadfast hope of the faith I am being born into.

i was born in 1984 and that original post describes me and my friends perfectly. our pro-life group on campus is like 90% catholic and we all go to traditional latin mass together, and also to the new mass at a small parish because there is no abuse that takes place. we all love EWTN and catholic answers! some are even considering vocations.

Vatican II may have hurt the Church, but we’re comin back!

Read “The New Faithful: Why Young Adults are Embracing Christian Orthodoxy” by Colleen Carroll.

It’s not just a Catholic thing. The same trends are seen among Orthodoxy, Protestants, and even Jew to a certain extent.

With any luck, the free love, hippie liberalism of our parents’ generation will be a passing fad in the gaze of history.

I’m sorry, but I’m just not seeing this. I don’t know who they could possibly be surveying to get such wonderful results.

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