Mental Health Crisis Among Youth, the Church & Public Education, and Battles for Religious Liberty
John and Maria talk through the mental health crisis, the innovation of believers in education, and recent religious liberty battles in the lower courts.
John and Maria focus in on the factors contributing to the remarkable rise in mental health issues for young people, including the crisis of authority that results from the barrage of information online. Afterwards, they discuss how the Church has always led in innovative education and must continue to do so. They end on a recent win and two losses for religious liberty in the lower courts.
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The Adolescent Mental Health Crisis
“In 2019, 13 percent of adolescents reported having a major depressive episode. And that was a 60 percent increase from 2007. Suicide rates, which had been stable from 2000 to 2007 among this group, leapt nearly 60 percent by 2018.”
Keep the Church in School
“The Christian account of reality, from creation in Genesis to the New Creation in Revelation, is the true story of the world. The biblical mandate to tell that story to everyone, rich or poor or clergy or not, is the foundation of the entire Western world’s concept of universal schooling. ”
Religious Freedom in the Courts: Becket Case and Yeshiva University
“A federal appeals court just blocked a harmful Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate that would have forced doctors and hospitals to perform gender-transition procedures on their patients against their conscience and best medical judgment. In Franciscan Alliance v Becerra, the court ruled that a Catholic healthcare network and a group of nearly 19,000 healthcare professionals cannot be required to carry out these procedures in violation of their deeply held beliefs and professional medical judgment.”
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