For the sake of brevity, I will highlight seven themes from an extremely wide-ranging conversation

For the sake of brevity, I will highlight seven themes from an extremely wide-ranging conversation

And it fails to take into account the struggles of those in many third world countries where economic and medical assistance from wealthier nations is frequently tied to an acquiescence to Western moral values in regard to sexuality and marriage

  • People like to combine physical and spiritual activities e.g. yoga — no place in church for that
  • Card. Coutts would like to see a paragraph on sport as something that is fun

And it fails to take into account the struggles of those in many third world countries where economic and medical assistance from wealthier nations is frequently tied to an acquiescence to Western moral values in regard to sexuality and marriage

  • special attention should be paid to those in refugee camps

And it fails to take into account the struggles of those in many third world countries where economic and medical assistance from wealthier nations is frequently tied to an acquiescence to Western moral values in regard to sexuality and marriage

  • Myanmar bishop: internally displaced persons should also be included; it is not quite the same thing

And it fails to take into account the struggles of those in many third world countries where economic and medical assistance from wealthier nations is frequently tied to an acquiescence to Western moral values in regard to sexuality and marriage

  • we should add legal & citizenship status as a source of discrimination
  • we should add youth with disabilities as a source of discrimination

And it fails to take into account the struggles of those in many third world countries where economic and medical assistance from wealthier nations is frequently tied to an acquiescence to Western moral values in regard to sexuality and marriage

  • We should mention transhumanism
  • need to add plastic surgery to the concept (modus sent)
  • we need to make sure we are clear that young people who don’t agree with the church on sex are still members of the churches

Relatio – Circulus Anglicus D

It is my privilege to report on behalf of English-language small group “D,” an extraordinarily diverse and lively community of English speakers from all over the world.

First, there was a strong consensus in our group that the document should commence, not with sociological analysis, but rather with a Biblical icon that would serve as a leitmotif for the entire statement. We felt that the story of Jesus’ encounter with the two disciples on the Road to Emmaus-already referenced in the IL-would be the ideal choice, for it beautifully demonstrates Jesus in both his listening and teaching manner. Further, the image of the disciples-still fascinated by the Lord and yet wandering in the wrong direction-aptly describes the condition of many of the young today. Once that elaborated icon is in place, we feel that the overall “see, judge, and act” interpretive framework of the IL should be retained.

Secondly, there was a strong sense in the group that the opening section of the IL was too negative in tone, focusing excessively on the dangers and challenges that young people face, especially in regard to the faith. We wondered whether a greater stress might be placed on the many examples of young people who are joyfully living out their Catholicism, despite the difficulties of this cultural moment. The suggestion was made that the still massively successful World Youth Days, inaugurated by St. Pope John Paul II, are one of the principal signs of this positive engagement of young people.

A third theme, brought sexy australian girls up by many in our group, is that the text of the IL remains, in many ways, too Western in focus and tone. More specifically, it overlooks the situation of young people in those parts of the world where Christians suffer active persecution and are, quite literally, fighting for their lives. This ideological colonization, as Pope Francis has rightly characterized it, especially harms the young. Also, contemporary advertising, which teaches people to be dissatisfied with the goods that they have, contributes mightily to the throwaway culture so ic is especially destructive in poorer countries.

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