A widening gap between Catholic youth and their spiritual leaders

Michael O’Loughlin, one of the bloggers at America:The National Catholic Weekly offers reflections and useful links on the widening gap between Catholic laity in America, especially young people, and their spiritual leaders and teachers, especially on homosexuality. His suggestion:

Despite the campaigns, statements, and preaching, lay Catholics lead the nation in support of gay rights. At some point, something has to give. Will the church change its stance on homosexuality? Of course not. Catholicism is the largest denomination in the US, but it is still a tiny sliver of the global church, and attitudes elsewhere, especially in the growing hotspots of global Catholicism, remain rigidly conservative. But church leaders may want to reconsider where they focus their limited time, energy, and resources. The battle for gay rights in this nation increasingly looks like it will be won-eventually-by those who support them. The church can continue to be a vocal minority in opposition to change, alienating the many people who increasingly know, love, and accept gay family members and friends. Or, it can refocus its efforts to highlight the love of God that animates a nourishing, life-giving, freeing faith, and attempt to reach those who need this love most: those who feel marginalized by the church now.


One Response to A widening gap between Catholic youth and their spiritual leaders

  1. David says:

    How can the Church change God’s law? By what authority? To quote St. Augustine “Right is right, no matter even if everybody is against it. And wrong is wrong, even if everybody is for it.” So regardless of popular opinion, it is up to good Catholics to maintain what God has ordained.

    Another thing you may not know. We are to love the person, whether we love his sins or not. Every one of us is a sinner, so we all have something for people not to approve of. And our job is not to shame people into submitting to the church, it’s to open their hearts to God. But we are to treat all persons with dignity.

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