Christus Vivit 234: An Inclusive Ministry

A daily reminder that the full document can be found on this link at the Vatican site. Today, leading off with a question about “inclusivity,” What does it mean?

234. The Synod called for the development of a youth ministry capable of being inclusive, with room for all kinds of young people, to show that we are a Church with open doors. Nor does one have to accept fully all the teachings of the Church to take part in certain of our activities for young people. It is enough to have an open mind towards all those who have the desire and willingness to be encountered by God’s revealed truth. Some of our pastoral activities can assume that a journey of faith has already begun, but we need a “popular” youth ministry that can open doors and make room for everyone, with their doubts and frustrations, their problems and their efforts to find themselves, their past errors, their experiences of sin and all their difficulties.

My sense is that the Church often lurches into a kind of pelagianism, making requirements that membership or participation is defined by our own statement of belief. Here, there’s a suggestion that in many situations, all we look for in people is the openness to truth. A needed start for many, I’d say. You?

The text in color is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana

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