Unless one comes from a wealthy family or you have support to set you up in business or a trade, some sort of post high school education is necessary unless your future consists of never leaving the parental nest. Can a young man working at a few minimum wage jobs ever hope to establish his own family? What about a woman who is without realistic prospect of marriage to a suitable man simply because there are none around? Should she plan on a life of poverty after she can no longer live with her parents? What of the young adult whose parents are not traditional or even Catholic?
A plan to be a drain on society is not Catholic. I disagree with Bp. W. In today’s world, college or post high school education is a necessity for MOST young adults.
It is the parents’ duty to raise their children so they are ready to go into the world without losing their faith. It is the young person’s responsibility to develop self control and the convictions to live for God in spite of what others around him (or her) are doing. There’s nothing amiss with staying home if not yet ready at age 18. By the age of 21, a person should be prepared to live as a Catholic adult.
Parents who believe the right college will protect and produce this are deluded. No such places exist. So if you aren’t ready to be a full adult, stay home and study on line. Neither St. John’s nor Christendom will produce a well adjusted, mature Catholic adult.
What I’d suggest for those strong in their faith is to choose a secular university based upon your career goals located near a traditional chapel. Live off campus, not in the dormitory. Work at a part time job and enroll in the school as an adult. Depending upon the university, you may have to wait until age 21 or attend only part time. Let school be the place where you acquire the knowledge and skills for your job or career. Develop a spiritual and social life off campus unless you meet fellow Catholics.
University is for adults, not children, not adolescents, not for those without a spiritual and moral backbone.
(When Pius X said no non-Catholic school, he was referring to CHILDREN, not to adults.).