Christus Vivit 184-185: False Cults

Pope Francis’ Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation is on this link at the Vatican site. As I read his criticism of the deceptions of culture, it strikes me as an offshoot of the call for rights without attention to the responsibility involved. 

184. Along with the stratagems of a false cult of youth and appearance, we are also witnessing attempts to promote a spirituality without God, an affectivity without community or concern for those who suffer, a fear of the poor, viewed as dangerous, and a variety of claims to offer a future paradise that nonetheless seems increasingly distant. I do not want to offer you any such thing, and with great love I urge you not to let yourselves be taken in by this ideology. It will not make you any younger, but enslave you instead. I propose another way, one born of freedom, enthusiasm, creativity and new horizons, while at the same time cultivating the roots that nourish and sustain us.

If not enslaved, then seduced and abandoned once the powers-that-be can wring no more profit from a person.

185. In this regard, I would note that “many Synod Fathers coming from non-Western contexts pointed out that in their countries globalization is bringing with it forms of cultural colonization that sever young people from their cultural and religious roots. The Church needs to make a commitment to accompanying these young people, so that in the process they do not lose sight of the most precious features of their identity”.[FD 14]

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