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Meet us at our hang outs, youth tell Church 

Vatican City: It might be called Cappuccino Catholicism.

Young Catholics told their Church elders on March 24 that the faith should be spread in the places where they like to hang out, such as coffee bars.

“We would like the Church to meet us in the various places in which she currently has little or no presence,” reads part of a 12-page document written by some 300 young Catholic delegates from around the world, who met for a week at the Vatican.

“The Church should try to find creative new ways to encounter people where they are comfortable and where they naturally socialize: bars, coffee shops, parks, gyms, stadiums and any other popular cultural centers,” it said.

The delegates met in Rome to share their ideas and concerns with Vatican officials ahead of a synod, or meeting of bishops, in October.

At a news conference presenting the paper, which will feed into a larger working document to be used by the bishops, participants said they wanted their Church to be more open and transparent and less severe.

“If it is difficult for young people to feel a sense of belonging and leadership in the Church, it is much more so for young women,” the document said.

They said they wanted to “encourage the Church to deepen its understanding of the role of women and to empower young women”.

The document called for a greater role for women in the Church, which bars them from the priesthood.

“What are the places where women can flourish within the Church and society? The Church can approach these problems with real discussion and open-mindedness to different ideas and experiences,” it said. “If it is difficult for young people to feel a sense of belonging and leadership in the Church, it is much more so for young women,” the document said.

Earlier this month, Catholic women led by former Irish president Mary McAleese, demanded a greater decision-making role for women in the Church, urging the pope to tear down its “walls of misogyny.”

The document said the 1.2 billion-member Church “oftentimes appears as too severe and is often associated with excessive moralism.”

It called for a Church that is “welcoming and merciful… and which loves everyone, even those who are not following the perceived standards”.

(Source: The Times of India)

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One Response to Meet us at our hang outs, youth tell Church

  1. A. S. Mathew

    These are the open challenges to be faced by the Church world now. Meet the young people in the coffee shop or wherever they are gathered, not exactly inside the ornate Church buildings. The Church buildings in Europe are getting empty, that is being filled with the refuges from Afganistan-Syria and Iraq as Christian believers.

    A few years back when I had a talk for more than one hour with Benny Prasad from Bangalore, he mentioned that in Bangalore there will be a place for the college students to have free tea and to hear the gospel. Chai 3:16 is already in operation now, which can accommodate 400 people.

    Benny Prasad has traveled to too many nations of the world at the shortest span of time than anybody else in the world. He was sick due to the massive consumption or cortizone, his lungs were damaged, couldn’t continue education. He thought of taking his life, but heard the voice from JESUS that HE loves him. GOD is greatly using him around the world.

    The city of Bangalore has the highest rate of suicide among the young people; mainly the college students, also the largest number of college students in India. In divorce rate, Bangalore is ranking no 1 in the nation. If the religious hierarchy is under the false notion that the spiritually starving young generation will be rushing to the high rise buildings with a big cross at the top, it will not work out. Did JESUS and HIS disciples stay inside a building? They went to the streets to proclaim the good news or the Gospel. Well, the Church world is now challenged to take the right action in the proper avenue of evangelism !.