So I've spent nearly 3 years now as a Catholic in a University setting, and, based on what I've observed, I think it is worth noting a few things:
First, stop the Culture War, because Who Care? You aren't going to save souls by regurgitating political opinions to people who have heard the same stale things 1000 times. (& that includes parts of the so-called pro-life movement, but no one wants to talk about that)
You want to engage lapsed/lukewarm/non-Catholics? You want people to come to Mass/Catholic social events? Introduce them to the person of Jesus Christ. Introduce them to the Eucharist. Introduce them to personal prayer, to the Communion of Saints, to the Sacrament of Confession.
As someone who came into University as a lukewarm Catholic who was still steeped in sin, trying to come to terms with the Faith, & move on from the absolute mess I was in high school, I can firmly tell you: Holiness sets the world on fire. That is it. That is all.
When I came to the first CathSoc event of the year, for the FIRST time ever, I met people who really, truly, loved their Faith & wanted others to share in that love. There was no judgement, no artificial superiority, just openness to anyone who walked through the door.
And so, that inspired me to take a plunge: To dive in to the riches of theology, to the cosmic wonder of the liturgy. No, it wasn't a magic born-again moment, as pulling oneself out of patterns of sin takes time, effort, & mistakes, but it was the catalyst I needed.
3 years on, I now have intense opinions regarding ridiculous liturgical minutiae, am on the CathSoc committee, & serve at Mass daily. If you had told me 2-3 years ago that this would be my life, I would have laughed in your face, but now I wouldn't have life any other way.
The point of this isn't a humble-brag, it isn't to glorify my "reversion", but it is to say that it wasn't any news article or soundbite that made me want to actually be Catholic. It was good, holy, human witness, to the reality of the Cross and the reality of the Resurrection.
You do not need to push right/left ideologies, you do not need to spout the same recycled talking points about social issues that none of us can change. You just need to be there for your brothers & sisters, to be truly Catholic, a sinner like us all, but striving for sanctity.
Young Catholics don't need to hear about the news, we've heard, seen, & lived it, while being patronized & insulted in the process. I was off here for Lent & was all the better for it. So stop it. Stop the noise, & enter into the sacred silence of Adoration & the love of Christ.

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