Conclusion summarizes the major findings of the book and attempts to draw out some take-away conclusions for readers interested in Catholic youth. The initial historical and comparative insights gained in chapter 1 are revisited as a reminder of larger context for the book’s findings. Highlighted especially are the importance of Catholic parents and other mature adults in the faith in forming the lives of American Catholic youth. Key findings on differences between white and Hispanic Catholic emerging adults are discussed. Readers are also reminded of the many potentially complicating methodological issues involved in the study of Catholicism. The findings on Catholic schooling are also reviewed. The Conclusion closes with a brief, bigger picture discussion of the implications of the book’s findings for Catholic parents and the Catholic Church.
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