An Italian diocese wants to raise the confirmation age from 12 to 18. That’s a pretty big leap–no hermeneutic of continuity for Bishop Karl Golser.
That plan has attracted notice from the CDWDS. They want a delay. How did this notion start?
Responding to the wish of several parishes, two years ago the diocese began to develop a plan for raising the age of confirmation, explained Markus Felder, leader of the Office for Catechesis and Religious Instruction. Starting this fall, some 20 interested communities were to have taken part in the pilot project.
How much of a project does this entail? The bishop takes a six-year vacation from sacramental ministry in the parishes. Is it a coincidence that Bishop Golser is sixty-eight, and a hiatus to raise the confirmation age takes him just up to submitting his retirement resignation?
Interesting that this idea is being headed by the catechetical office of the diocese. What’s up with that? Snag the kids for six more years of religious “instruction” and then pray you’ve got them hooked for life? More likely that total numbers of confirmed teens will go down.