Aparecida 444: Three Situations

The Aparecida bishops note three concerns for young people. These would not be exclusively Latin American/Caribbean problems; they exist in the US as well: poverty, socialization with alienation, threats from globalization. I think it is certainly possible to overcome, to be a survivor of globalization, alienating aspects of culture, and being poor. But young people are particularly vulnerable to certain aspects, some of which prevent the expression of their faith, their personal gifts, and often both.

Let’s read:

444. However, we note with concern that vast numbers of young people in our continent are living in situations that impact them significantly:

  • consequences of poverty that constrain the harmonious growth of their lives and cause exclusion;
  • socialization in which values are no longer passed on primarily in traditional institutions but in new environments with a strong dosage of alienation;
  • and their susceptibility to the new types of cultural expression resulting from globalization, which affects their own personal and social identity.

They are easy prey for religious and pseudo-religious offerings. Because of the crisis now affecting the family, they suffer from deep lack of affection and emotional conflicts.

For deeper examination, an English translation of the 2007 document from the Aparecida Conference.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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