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Young adult Catholics like religious but know little about them

Young adult Catholics generally have a positive opinion of men and women religious, but many do not know a great deal about them, according to a new national study from the USA.

Only one-third of those surveyed, for example, said they knew the difference between diocesan priests, who do not take vows, and religious order priests, who do take vows.

Fewer than two-thirds said they knew the difference between a priest, who is ordained, and a religious brother, who is not.

A report on the study was released in connection with the World Day for Consecrated Life last weekend. Commissioned by the Conference of Major Superiors of Men and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the study was conducted last year by sociologist Dean Hoge of The Catholic University of America.

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