[quote="CradleJourney, post:2, topic:333870"]
I know it is completely unsound from a theological point of view. However, I still prefer to have confirmation at a later age (16 - 19).
Why? Because many teens/young adults are at a point in their lives where they are looking for identity - and it is satisfies a human need to have a public formal ceremony where they are "recognized" as adults in their Church community having chosen for themselves to continue to be part of the Catholic Church.
Yes - I know that doesn't match with the theology behind the sacrament - however, here, that's what it has become. Personally, would have no problem with confirmation earlier ...but would still like to see some kind of ceremony then created to fill the need for a religious ceremony to mark their movement into adulthood and their full acceptance of Catholic teaching of their own accord.
As a society we've lost much of the rituals and rites (most non-religious) that mark passages from one stage of life to another. Two wheelers are now available for toddlers, heels are worn by 8 year olds, and the length of one's pants or skirts indicate only fashion - not age. :(
The sacraments are not a mark of maturity, or graduation into adulthood. I know you said that your reasons were not theologically correct, just had to restate it. Each time a person, young adult, gets up, attends Mass on Sunday, s/he demonstrating their acceptance of the Catholic teaching. This is why, imo, it needs to go back to before 1st communion. Graduation Mass is a great way to honor the older kids who have made it through and special blessings before going to college. I personally think we need to ween the kids getting used to them being honored at Mass. As parents, we can shower them with our praise and that should be enough, right?