[quote="shinytoy, post:13, topic:236625"]
is this right? maybe the priests dont talk about these things nowadays? when was the last time you heard a sermon about sexual immorality? in my local NO mass, about 70% of the congregation who are unmarried are living with a partner and often bring them to mass, where they stand wearing miniskirts, leggings and revealing attire, holding hands during the service. they are likely fornicating and usign birth control.
do you think the priest is really gonna say these things are wrong, condoms are wrong etc when he knows it will drive away the majority of youngsters fromt he church? by youngsters i mean those under 70.
It might drive away some.. but it will continue do drive away even more if its not being said. The religions that are growing fastest in the current times are the ones that take themselves seriously. The more liberal, the more people leave .. and why shouldn't they?
They wanna find a church which is credible, so many join Evangelical or Fundamentalist churches, because these at least preach the Gospel and take damnation seriously.
In our very "enlightened" West we see young educated people taking the tribal faith of Islam.. why? because they are in a huge void and identity crisis. In the Muslim they find somebody who is in error but who at least is convinced.
Many have been baptised as children but their families and societies have starved them spiritually and morally through feeding them the empty calories of "everything goes, as long as you feel good".
People don't need the church to be some sort of social club.. they can go to a bar or a soccor-clup for that.. they need the radical Gospel preached and practiced.
I believe the Church, top down, need to change things, tighten the rules for whom can join the leadership.
I have friends that are seminarians who escaped from other seminaries where they said: its not unlikely that a man will be educated for ten years, then come out a priest who has no personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
People can't give what they don't have. And as hierarchal as the Catholic Church is, the lack of teaching and preaching is the main responsibility of the clergy.