Christus Vivit 207-208: Attracting Young People, Looking To Proposals

207. In this way, by learning from one another, we can better reflect that wonderful multifaceted reality that Christ’s Church is meant to be. She will be able to attract young people, for her unity is not monolithic, but rather a network of varied gifts that the Spirit ceaselessly pours out upon her, renewing her and lifting her up from her poverty.

Have we lost our ability to attract people? No doubt scandals within and a shifting culture around have harmed our attractiveness. People do not see the person of Jesus in corruption or in unfeeling bureaucracies.

208. In the Synod, many concrete proposals emerged for renewing youth ministry and freeing it from approaches that are no longer effective because they are incapable of entering into dialogue with contemporary youth culture. Naturally, I cannot list them all here. A number of them can be found in the Final Document of the Synod.

The Holy Father’s Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation (which can be found on this link at the Vatican site) will begin to outline these in the coming paragraphs. Meanwhile, any comments?

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