Paul and Dominic jump into a discussion about the reality of young people disaffiliating from Catholicism and they raise the question, “why should people return?” Paul and Dominic challenge the common ideas that young people leave because of bad catechesis or because of the allure of the secular culture. Instead, they focus on how the scandal of Church leaders choosing a “preferential option for the institution” drives people away from identifying as Catholics or Christians.
“Believers can have more than a little to do with the rise of atheism. To the extent that they are careless about their instruction in the faith, or present its teaching falsely, or even fail in their religious, moral, or social life, they must be said to conceal rather than to reveal the true nature of God and of religion” (CCC 2125).
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1:00 What are the “nones”?
7:30 What are the metrics of success?
15:40 Leaving the label, not the search for truth
22:10 Poor catechesis
26:15 The allure of the culture
34:15 Catechism 2125
38:00 Misusing power
42:50 Failing to love
57:00 Why should people come back?
1:11:00 Glorified wounds
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