North Dakota State is known as a student-focused, land-grant, research university. Many professors do research most of the day and “take a break” to teach the students. Although, professors aren’t the only ones who do research.

I recently conducted some brief research and compiled a 15-page paper on the processes of conversion and “deconverting” from the religion of Catholicism. Being a senior majoring in broadcast journalism, I chose to write on this topic not only to increase his personal knowledge of his religious background, but to give other people the research they need to understand the Catholic Church’s doctrines.

In the paper, I start by hinting that decreased participation in the Catholic Church may be a North America problem.

For example, total number of priests in America has dropped from 37, 578 in 2015 to 37,181 in 2017 (Frequently Requested Church Statistics, 2017). The number of priests in the world, however, have increased from 412,236 in 2010 to 414,969 in 2016. The people of the United States are going against the trend worldwide.

From the beginning of the article to the conclusion, I suggest that the problem of “ex-Catholics” begins with the first society, the family. In my research, statistics indicated that the father has an important role when establishing a concrete religious life.

“(If) the father of the family is non-practicing and the mother is a regular worshiper, two percent of the children will become regular worshipers. However, if the father is a regular and the mother is non-practicing, their children are 44 percent likely to be regular churchgoers” (Heilman, 2016).

If this statistic remains true today, then the father has a tremendous impact on his children. I don’t go into detail or hypothesize why this might be true, but the numbers seem to speak for themselves. Mettler continues to describe the process of “deconversion” and conversion. I use various examples, like the television show Riverdale, to show how the media impacts Catholics so they develop misconceptions.

Much of the paper focuses on the process of “deconversion” and conversion. Much of the research comes from qualitative surveys of individuals who left their Catholic upbringing for something else. According to my paper, 63 percent of those interviewed left the Catholic Faith between the ages of 10 and 17. These statistics suggest that they “bag” their faith before they set foot on college campuses.

Reading a college research paper simply won’t solve the world’s problems though. “If you want to, read it. Reflect on it. The only immediate changes you can make start with yourself and your family.”

 

If you would like to read my research paper, you can contact me at samuel.a.mettler@gmail.com. I received a 96 percent as a grade.

 

 

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