Friday 2 December 2016

The yawning gap between our young people and the church

Published 07/09/2016 | 02:30

Pope Francis. The church has lost touch with those who exist on the margins of life. Photo: Vincenzo Pinto
Pope Francis. The church has lost touch with those who exist on the margins of life. Photo: Vincenzo Pinto

The poet and essayist TS Eliot wisely suggested that a religion requires not only a body of priests who know what they are doing, but a body of worshippers who know what is being done.

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We are now reaping the consequences of having had a poorly educated priesthood ministering to an unquestioning laity.

The notion of the simple faithful offered dubious grounds for providing half-baked moralising sermons. For too long, the laity were presented with God as a demanding judge, and not as fulfilling the more likely role of counsel for the defence.

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