Jospeh Capizzi, associate professor of theology, published an essay in Our Sunday Visitor on the religious literacy of students today. See the article below.

'The Road' to Scripture is paved with opportunity: Today's students are less religiously literate than in the past, giving teachers more chances to educate

From: Our Sunday Visitor Date: Sept. 7, 2014 Author: Joseph Capizzi

A funny thing happened on the way to secularization: Young religious people started showing up right under the noses of secular professors at colleges and universities. Perhaps unaware that they were supposed to be secular (or post-religious), according to some studies, the number of students identifying as "religious" or "believers in God" or "associated with a denomination" has risen. Certainly it's beyond numbers in the 1970s and '80s - and beyond the predictions or dreams of some who seemed desirous of less religious presence on campus.

But aside from whether students are religious or secular in the senses these studies investigate, there is the issue of the religious literacy of these students. As I prepare for the opening of the school year - my 16th as a professor at The Catholic University of America (CUA) - one of the problems I'm supposed to face is how to communicate the moral teaching of a faith to students who may not know who Sts. Augustine or Thomas Aquinas are, or who have very little sense of the history of the Church.

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