Spiritual Not Religious: What the Catholic Church in America Must do to Become Relevant Again in a New Generation

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Religious Studies (MARS)


Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies

First Advisor

Christel Manning


"What has become apparent is that institutional religions, and in this case, the Catholic Church, is losing their hold on their constituents... What I will explore in this thesis is how this movement has been spurred not only by changes in society, but by the failures of the religions, especially the Catholic Church, to react to these societal changes and actively pursue the undertaking of educating their faithful in the authentic tenets of the faith" -- from Abstract, p. iv.


Master's thesis submitted to the faculty of Religious Studies at Sacred Heart University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in Religious Studies.