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According to the USCCB, World Youth Day is a totally natural event only tangentially related to Jesus Christ August 1, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, asshatery, Basics, disaster, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, secularism, the return.
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Ummm……then why are we having it, then?  Two alert readers (JB, TE) pointed out the USCCB’s official position on World Youth Day, which can be found here.  According to the USCCB website, the purpose of World Youth Day is threefold:

  1. Putting Trust in the Young
    World Youth Day is a coming together of young adults from the four corners of the world and a strong reminder of the strength and confidence the young bring to the Church today.
  2. Gathering Together
    World Youth Day is not simply a gathering for the young people of the world, but a time to put trust in the world’s youth. A calling for the world’s youth to come together as one people.
  3. Meeting the International World on a Human Level
    It is still a marvel in this the 21st Century to exchange with others and to be a part of an international experience. International events are able to stir much hope but also many fears (increase in fundamentalism, nationalism and other new conflicts. . .) The Church and Christians themselves have a role to play in preventing the development of these fears, and in aiding each person in finding their way and discovering hope.

All of the above seem rather strange and disconnected from the Catholic Faith.  “Putting trust in the young” is vague and even troubling, as it seems to evoke the dominant culture’s obsession with youth and hatred of “growing old.”  Remember those T-shirts a few years back, when dfdrboomers started hitting early old age: “60 is the new thirty?”  Historically, and across many cultures, old age was venerated, while youth was often viewed with a certain distrust.  Certain phrases even entered into the lexicon – “the folly of youth, etc” – that showed that while being young certainly has many advantages, it is not in and of itself a “good.”  In fact, it was felt it was wise to be wary of youthful excesses.

Number 2 really just repeats number 1: the “youth” are possessed of some magical source of virtue – even though many haven’t even been formed in the Faith in the slightest – and we should heed their 14 years of sage experience.  Again, the modern, wsafsadfMadison Avenue driven “cult of youth” (because young people tend to spend a lot more than old) seems accepted without question.

Number 3……what can one say?  Aside from the direct criticism of religious “excess” (as opposed to the pervasive, nearly all-dominant worldly excess of our present culture?), it seems the point of “Church and Christians” is to fight against being…….too Catholic?  The implicit (heck, it’s explicit) conceit of all these statements  is an unquestioning acceptance of the dominant culture. In short, the world, to which the Church must open its doors, and from which receive great insights completely missed by Aquinas, Augustine, Liguori, and all the other Saints and Doctors.  Please.

There is something else missing from the “mission statement” for WYD: any talk of Jesus Christ, salvation, conversion, Grace, acquisition of wsfddasfvirtue, cessation from vice……..in short, all the truly vital aspects of the Catholic Faith.

Even the “Official Prayer” of World Youth Day 2013 – which is far, far better than the “purpose” given above, probably because it was not composed by the USCCB – makes no mention of the need for conversion or salvation.  Actually, it does speak of conversion, but not from personal sin, but only those “corporate” or “societal” sins that liberals have fake-substituted for real, actual, personal sin.  The need to submit to the Church and cooperate with Grace to achieve salvation is, of course, completely unmentioned anywhere on the WYD page.

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1. TG - August 1, 2013

That photo was not in Mass, I hope?

tantamergo - August 1, 2013

I think the one on the bottom was. Or part of pre- or post-Mass festivities.

2. TerryE - August 1, 2013

Which source of religious “fundamentalism” would any bishop today find fearful? What kind of “fundamentalism” is punished by a bishop or Pope these days? Hindu? Islamic? Jewish? Protestant? Hmmm?


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