Synod on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment
As a follow up to the controversial 2014-15 Synod on the Family, the Vatican is preparing to convene a new Synod on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment in October 2018. And for the first time, they have invited the faithful—in particular young people aged 16-29—to fill out a questionnaire to help shape the Synod’s direction.
Even at this early stage, the Newman Society is concerned about the direction of the Synod due in part to questions about process and reporting raised by a number of bishops attending the last Synod and the Vatican’s distribution of an inappropriate and ill-conceived sex-ed program that uses explicit material. But more importantly, at first read the Synod’s initial documents would seem to be more interested in community organizing, activism, and worldly concerns than the formation of young people in the truths of our faith. In late September 2017, organizers issued a news release adding a note about “the importance of education in the formation of a complete identity,” but we will have to wait and see what that means.
Additionally the Prepatory Document glosses over some of the serious problems they face today such as:
- the rise of atheism
- attacks on the family
- how to live the faith in a hyper-secular world
- the collapse of marriage as a societal norm
Fortunately, the Vatican has offered the questionnaire, giving the faithful a way to influence the Synod’s direction. It is imperative that you, as Cardinal Newman Society Members, let Synod organizers know what you think. Please encourage well-formed youth to fill out the questionnaire, read our editorial and the Prepatory Document, and spread the word to your family and friends.
Saints John Bosco and John Paul II, ora pro nobis!
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