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Dean R. Hoge is professor of Sociology at Catholic University of America. He is the author of, among others, Converts, Dropouts, Returnees: A Study of Religious Change Among Catholics, The Future of Catholic Leadership: Responses to the Priest Shortage, and co-author of Laity, American and Catholic: Transforming the Church. William D. Dinges is associate professor of Religious Studies in the School of Religion at Catholic University of America. Mary Johnson, SND de N, is associate professor of Sociology and Religious Studies at Emmanuel College. Juan L. Gonzales, Jr., is professor of Sociology at California State University, Hayward. He is the author of Racial and Ethnic Groups in America, Racial and Ethnic Families in America, and the forthcoming The Sociology of the Mexican-American Family.
By far the most comprehensive and insightful study ever done of young adult Catholics ages 20 to 39, this book compares Latino and non-Latino Catholics (differences are generally small) on a wide array of beliefs, attitudes, and practices. Most like being Catholic and cannot imagine being otherwise but beyond Mass attendance, connections to parish life and with the Church's sacramentalism are tenuous. The authors' ten concluding recommendations, embedded in a penetrating analysis of 'the culture of choice,' are invaluable. - Patrick H. McNamara, author of Conscience First, Tradition Second: A Study of Young Catholics