Sunday, March 25, 2018

"On Palm Sunday at the Vatican Pope Francis Urges Young People to Raise Their Voices" , "Young Catholics Give Pope Francis a Piece of their Collective Minds"

"Young Catholics told the Vatican on Saturday they want a more transparent and authentic church, where women play a greater leadership role and where obeying "unreachable" moral standards isn't the price of admission.
In a fascinating final document from a weeklong Vatican-initiated conference, 300 young people from around the world joined by 15,000 young people online gave the older men who run the 1.2-billion member church a piece of their collective mind.
They urged Pope Francis and the bishops who will gather at the Vatican in the fall to back their recommendations that church leaders must address the unequal roles of women in the church and how technology is used and abused. They warned that "excessive moralism" is driving the faithful away and that out-of-touch church bureaucrats need to accompany their flock with humility and transparency.

"We, the young church, ask that our leaders speak in practical terms about subjects such as homosexuality and gender issues, about which young people are already freely discussing," they said."

Pope Francis poses for a selfie awith some young fans at the Vatican. Picture: AFP/Tiziana FabiSource:AFP

My Response: I agree we need to listen to young voices, but when young people raise their voices for a more inclusive church including women's full equality, nothing happens. We need to see the Vatican adapt an action plan for gender justice including removing all punishments against Roman Catholic Women Priests and our supporters for being the change we are called to live now!  Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP, #TimesUp,

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