Families don’t always work out for young people. The youth synod’s final document pointed this out:
80. Some young people “find family traditions oppressive and they flee from them under the impulse of a globalized culture that at times leaves them without points of reference.
The culture has lure. But sometimes the dysfunction also exists in the home or extended family:
In other parts of the world, even more than generational conflict between young people and adults, there is mutual estrangement. Sometimes adults fail, or do not even try, to hand on the basic values of life, or they try to imitate young people, thus inverting the relationship between generations. The relationship between young people and adults thus risks remaining on the affective level, leaving its educational and cultural aspects untouched”.[FD 34]
Sometimes the difficulty is one of religious freedom. And caution: much more serious than any so-called threat in the US.
What harm this does to young people, even though some do not notice it! Young people themselves have remarked how enormously difficult this makes the transmission of the faith “in some countries without freedom of speech, where young people are prevented from attending Church”. [Document of the Pre-Synodal Meeting in Preparation for the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Rome (24 March 2018), I, 1]
Remember that you can access Pope Francis’ Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation at this link at the Vatican site.
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