[quote="nickybr38, post:3, topic:210581"]
My experience with Christian teens has been dismal at best.
Let's see. I know 4 Catholic teenage girls.
All four are sexually active (outside marriage, clearly). One has had six different sexual partners in the year I've known her, the other had sex only once and now refuses to do so again. Three do NOT know what RCIA is, have no clue what the Eucharist means and the one who is most sexually active was SHOCKED when I informed her that really she shouldn't be taking the Eucharist if she's sexually active outside of marriage (I didn't get more involved in that conversation). One doesn't understand why I'd become Catholic and isn't sure if she believes in God at all.
I know two Evangelical teenagers.
One is a drunkard who goes on mission trips to Mexico and returns with the worst potty mouth I've ever experienced. He mistreats women (has been known to be physically violent with them) and loves smoking pot.
The other has had countless sexual partners in the last year. She attends church every Sunday, calls herself a passionate Christian and yet ... yeah.
I don't know... it seems to me a 'Christian' teenager doesn't REALLY exist.
I am 13 and I don't engage in such acts. Okay, I admit, I've used profane language a few times, and used the name of God in vain too (if "Oh my God!" counts... other than that I don't remember ever using his name in vain in any other way. Though I did say "Goddamn" when singing a song with that particular word... I didn't really mean it... I'm just singing along. Unless it's morally wrong to sing along such words then I'll probably stop it). But I'll try my best not to do them again. :D I'm not as knowledgeable in my faith as some people are, but I always crave to learn more about it and follow it. To say that 'Christian' teenagers don't really exist sounds a bit offensive to me. :( Or maybe by "teenager" you're referring to those in their mid-teens (16+), since, well, 13 is a bit too young, no? :D
[quote="HolyCow21, post:8, topic:210581"]
I'm not sure how it can be accomplished, but if Catholics want the future generations to actually care and appreciate their faith, parents and Catholic schools really need to start doing better.
I totally agree. I think one of the reasons why teens and kids nowadays aren't very faithful is because they aren't doing that well. Well, in Canada that is (and America too, probably... IDK I've never been there).
Last year I was still living in the Philippines, and my cousin (who is the same age as me) and her family went on a Christmas vacation there (they were living in Canada, which is where I am now). At the same time, she was going to get her confirmation (along with me). Our aunt (who is a member of Opus Dei (or something like that)) asked us simple questions like "Do you know the Holy Spirit?" and she (my cousin's) like, "What's the Holy Spirit?" It shocked me. She asked what they were teaching her in school, she replied "Well... Bible stories and such." Which, alone, I think, is insufficient means to teach the Catholic faith (since the Bible isn't our only means of authority). I'm attending her school this year... both of us are in 8th grade now. I haven't attended any school outside the Philippines before, so I don't know what it's gonna be like. But I pray that God will lead me to the right path, and that I won't participate in sinful acts. :)
They teach the faith fairly well in the Philippines, though.