Survey: Mexican Youth Don't Feel Close to the Church

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MEXICO CITY, MAY 12, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Less than one in three Mexican youth consider themselves close to the Church, but they show a longing for human values and a rejection of moral evils such as abortion and euthanasia.

A survey sponsored by the Aqui Estoy Foundation, the Anahuac University and the De la Riva and Associates consulting firm studied the religious views of high school students in Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey.

The poll showed 73% of young people perceive themselves as "critical" and "indifferent" to the Church, as opposed to 28% who consider themselves "close" to the Church.

At the same time, the research reflects a desire to rediscover human values and a rejection of moral evils, such as abortion, corruption, euthanasia, and the adoption of children by same-sex couples.

Our Lady of Guadalupe continues to reign in the hearts of Mexican youth, with 44% of young people even carrying an image of her.

The young people admitted that they know little about the Church, with almost 80% saying they know "little, some, or nothing" about it.