The Cultural Catholic Who May Not be Catholic: Latinas, Education, and Attitudes toward Religion
Lugo-Lugo, Carmen R.
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Seventy percent of Latinos identify as Catholic (Guzman, 2003). Until recently, cultural critiques of Latinos and Catholicism have not examined the relationship between education and religiosity. Recent observations suggest that Latinas who have acquired a post-secondary education reject institutionalized religion (Rodriguez, 2002). This study focuses on this relationship through the words of nine Latinas who possess at least a baccalaureate degree and who, at the time of the study, were enrolled or employed at a major research university in the Pacific Northwest. The self-identified Latinas shared their experiences with religion and education. I examine their relationship to organized religion, and how they self-perceive their individual spirituality. Several of the participants chose to leave organized religion. Although difficult to measure, this study reveals the relationship between Latinas, Catholicism, and education and how these Latinas renegotiated their space.