Sunday, April 13, 2008

Pope Benedict’s restoration: skipping a generation and reaching out to the kids
Old friend Mark Bonocore said John Paul II (the Overrated) was doing that but I think it’s truer here
The poll found that [Roman] Catholics born before 1960 — among the most faithful parishioners — and those born since the 1980s have similar outlooks.

For Catholics who attend Mass at least once a month, an overwhelming majority of the young and older generation believe Christ is present in the Eucharist.

Even more, the younger, regular Mass-goers surpass their elders in observing Lent, with nearly all saying they abstain from meat on Fridays and receive ashes on Ash Wednesday.
The ashes are part of their popular culture but not required; the rest are simply what the church teaches and requires.
The young people are also more likely to consider devotion to saints very important to their faith.
All can, some should, none must (one only has to accept devotion to saints in principle).
However, the study found that only 36 percent of the younger Catholics attend Mass at least once a month, compared with 64 percent of the older generation.
John Boyden writes:
Looks like those born during or right after the revolution really are the ‘lost generation’.
Regarding the difference in church attendance the damage is done and/or
It seems like in spite of this, the younger generation still can’t stomach the liturgy of the revolution.

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