One-in Five Catholic School Students are Non-Catholic

Posted March 23, 2017 5:36 pm by Mallory Nygard

A recent Heartland Institute report detailed the increasing portion of non-Catholic students attending U.S. Catholic schools, but a Cardinal Newman Society expert says that’s just fine—as long as the schools never compromise their Catholic identity and keep their focus on evangelization.
The report offered as an example the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Mo. Over the past decade, the percentage of Catholics in the archdiocese’s Catholic schools has declined steadily, while the portion of non-Catholic students increased 23 percent.
Nationally “between 18 and 19 percent [of students in Catholic schools] are non-Catholic,” said Heather Gossart, senior consultant and director of executive mentoring and

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