I’m working to shift the focus of my teen work away from full-time speaking and toward resource development to support all of these young aspiring chastity speakers. And the more years I live as a single adult Catholic, the more I realize that there is a problem here. Women’s groups assume all of the women are wives and mothers, as men’s groups do for husbands and fathers. They’re the ones who sit in the back and cut out immediately afterward. First of all, the mentality seems to be, “Okay, all of you singles. Regardless of the upper age limit, the “young adult” model leaves something to be desired.And that will leave me plenty of time to focus on what needs to be done in the Church now, but nobody else is doing: Paying attention to single adult Catholics. (Have you ever gone to one of these and wondered “Is it even okay that I’m here? They can’t be expected to acknowledge what they don’t see. Why don’t you all go hang out in that room over there, and then maybe you’ll pair off and come out married, and then we’ll know what to do with you.” Not particularly helpful. The idea of these groups seems to have been to provide a “bridge” for the years between the youth group and the marriage prep class. Now I’m seeing more and more groups classify themselves as “18 to 40.” What? It basically says that during the years between 35 and the senior casino bus, you’re on your own. (Ask Brian Barcaro, who has been waiting for this column for far too long!For a more detailed look at Catholic beliefs and practices, click the links provided in the text below.Also, check out our Catholic Essays and Articles, for information on specific topics.For more information, please consult the Catechism of the Catholic Church (online version here), which provides official Church Teaching.Catholics have various sources of authority: The Bible, Tradition, the Creeds, Bishops, and the Pope, among others., "universal doctrine") is a term which in its broadest sense refers to the beliefs and practices of Christian churches that understand and describe themselves as being Catholic within the universal and apostolic church.
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As many of you know, I’ve spent the majority of my adult life talking to teenagers (and their parents) about love, relationships and chastity.
Well, these days you can’t open a church door without hitting an aspiring young chastity speaker.
This is fabulous news for me, as I am more than happy to pass on the mantle to the next generation. Classes, activities and programs are generally aimed at kids and/or couples. Oh, sure, they throw us the occasional “young adult group.” These groups are notoriously difficult to launch and hold together, for a couple of reasons.
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