Thursday, March 22, 2018

Synod for the Youth

I feel like the aftermath of the Parkland Shooting is highlighting the differences between Baby Boomers and Millennials. I think one of the unspoken sources of tension between the two generations is timing. Boomers got control of society, government, religion, etc. in their teens and twenties. Millennials are in their twenties and thirties, and they still don't have major control of things.

This is why I'm excited about Pope Francis doing a Synod for the Youth this year. Millennial Catholics don't have the same hang-ups that Boomer Catholics do. The Boomer Catholics are mostly still focused on things from the 1960's. We are not.

In some cases, Millennial and Boomer Catholics have the exact opposite opinions. Boomer Catholics prefer nuns who don't wear habits, whereas Millennial Catholics prefer nuns with habits.
So in the 60's, nuns without habits got the most new members, and today, nuns with habits are getting the most new members. It's like the Boomer Catholics were rebelling against the Catholics before them, by doing the opposite of what they did, and the Millennial Catholics are doing the same thing.

The Synod for the Youth officially starts in October, but as preparation, Pope Francis is hosting a worldwide conference. 300 youths (i.e. under thirty years old) are there to give speeches to him. The American media is mostly focusing on the one from Dallas, Texas. (Not that the American media is focusing on the event in any major capacity.)

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Gen Xers still dont have control of anything, either.

Anonymous said...

Just out of curiosity, what made you decide to become Catholic?