Petr Hruška, chaplain at the Catholic University Movement in Brno (MUCB), describes the student population and talks about how young people live out their faith.
“From October to May, Brno, with its 80,000 students, is a very lively university town, day and night. But the number of students who are believers is very modest in a country where 91% of young people do not identify with any religion. Of the remainder, 7% say they are Catholic. And we have the feeling that the pandemic has further reduced the number of young believers.
While this does not sound very optimistic, there is an interesting trend: the number of believing university students is increasing. A fascinating trend in a consumer society in which the Church is often perceived as an enemy of the State, a thief, a paedophile ring, a group of crazies or lunatics. The last statement is more or less correct... We remember that the apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians: “If we are fools, it is for God’s sake”.