Teenagers in America follow their parents on religious matters, a Pew Research Center report has said.
Protestants mostly have teens who identify as Protestants; Catholic parents likely have teens considering themselves Catholics, said the report published on Sept. 10.
The vast majority of religiously unaffiliated parents have teens who identified as atheists, agnostics, or “nothing in particular.”
“On the whole, US teens attend religious services about as often as their parents do: 44% of US teens say they go to religious services at least once a month, almost the same as the share of their parents who say they attend monthly (43%),” said the report.
The survey studied religious identities and beliefs among US teenagers and their parents.
According to the report, the children follow religious subjects “at parents’ behest,” and many of them pamper different beliefs in private.
About Catholic teenagers, the report said that they mirror other US teenagers overall in their religious beliefs compared with Protestant Christian teenagers.
Twenty-four percent of teens in the age group of 13-17 said that religion is “very” important to them, and 36 stated it is “somewhat” important to them.
However, only 27 percent of Catholic teenagers said that religion is “very” important to them.
While overall, 18 percent of teenagers said that religion is “not at all” important to them, only 4 percent of Catholic teens aired this view, the report noted.
Nearly 45 percent of Catholic teens stated that they believe in God “with absolute certainty” and attend religious services weekly (40 percent to 34 percent).
Only 41 percent of Catholic teenagers said it was essential to believe in God to be moral, the Pew report stated.
Evangelical Christian teens are ahead than Catholic teens to believe in God with certainty (71 percent to 45 percent) and attend religious services weekly (64 percent to 40 percent ).
The report said 81 percent of the Catholic parents with teenage children identified as Catholic.