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Timothy Matovina

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691139791

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691139791.001.0001

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Passing on the Faith

Passing on the Faith

(p.219) Chapter 8 Passing on the Faith
Latino Catholicism

Timothy Matovina

Princeton University Press

This chapter talks about how the transition from immigrant to U.S.-born generations is at the heart of the evangelization challenge among Latinos. As they begin to surpass their parents' and grandparents' often limited formal education, young Latinos need catechesis that engages their minds as well as their hearts. They need formation in Catholic faith and teachings that both addresses that reality and builds on their elders' religious traditions. When Catholic families, parishes, schools, and youth ministries do not provide formation that takes into account young Latinos' background and life situation, they are more likely to become adherents of moralistic therapeutic deism, participants in Pentecostal or evangelical churches, or progressively detached from any religious practice or tradition.

Keywords:   young Latinos, evangelization, catechesis, Catholic faith, religious traditions, moralistic therapeutic deism, Pentecostal churches

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