Aparecida 446ef: Pastoral Proposals For Young People

Two more suggestions:

e) Youth ministry will help young people to be gradually formed for social and political action and change of structures, in keeping with the Church’s social doctrine, as they embrace the preferential and evangelical option for the poor and needy.

This one is relatively easy. Young people often have a sharpened sense of what is fair and unfair. Moving that perspective from one’s own experience and into that of others is a mark of maturity. We certainly see that in the contrast between Florida’s Parkland survivors and their detractors. One group reaches out, for example, to the next set of students traumatized. The other plays adolescent games of gossip, swatting, and attempted ridicule in social media.

f) Urge training of young people so that they will have opportunities in the world of work and keep them from falling into drugs and violence.

This means good academic education for some, vocational training for others, and for some in the second category, a bit of what’s suggested in the first.

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


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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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