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Catholicism: the next generation

“This new generation seems ideally positioned to address the lamentable tendency in American Catholic life to drive a wedge between the church’s pro-life message and its peace-and-justice commitments. More generally, they can help us find the sane middle between two extremes: What George Weigel correctly calls ‘Catholicism lite,’ meaning a form of the faith sold out to secularism; and what I’ve termed ‘Taliban Catholicism,’ meaning an angry expression of Catholicism that knows only how to excoriate and condemn. Both are real dangers, and the next generation seems well-equipped to steer a middle course, embracing a robust sense of Catholic identity without carrying a chip on their shoulder.

That’s assuming, however, that the best and brightest of today’s young Catholics aren’t prematurely sucked into the older generation’s debates — either by liberals who fear and resent them, or by conservatives eager to enroll them as foot soldiers in their private crusades.”


— NCR’s John Allen, offering his encouraging take on the next generation of Catholics.

H/T to the sage God Googler Mike Hayes.
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posted October 31, 2009 at 6:14 pm

The future looks bright. I continue to be amazed by the writings of John Paul II:
“Our Christian communities must become genuine ‘schools’ of prayer, where the meeting with Christ is expressed not just in imploring help but also in thanksgiving, praise, adoration, contemplation, listening and ardent devotion, until the heart truly ‘falls in love.'” — Novo Millennio Ineunte (Excerpted from The Fulfillment of All Desire by Ralph Martin.
Also, the work of Richard Rohr, such as Hidden Things: Scripture as Spirituality, heralds a bright emerging period.

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posted November 1, 2009 at 12:52 am

Though I’m not part of the generation of which Mr. Allen speaks, I’ve been singing this song for years. It’s good to know I’m part of a chorus and there are younger voices than mine in the mix. My daughters are in the generation behind this one. I pray the Church reflects the energy, orthodoxy and devotion of these twenty-somethings by the time my daughters are in their twenties.

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posted November 6, 2009 at 7:58 pm

Catholics: We Do Not Like Your Families Either.

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