Thursday, August 11, 2011

Is it time for World Family Day?

Printed in the Umatuna, the newspaper for the Archdiocese of Hagatna, Guam, August 14, 2011.

I don’t think he’ll reply, but I was thinking of sending a letter to Pope Benedict to see if he would consider making World Youth Day, World Family Day. Given the massive attack on the Family from every side, if there ever was a time to do something in a big way for the Family, it is now! And perhaps it wouldn’t be so much of a change as it would be the fulfillment of John Paul II’s long range plan.

I was trying to find where I read this, but in one of the books about John Paul II, the author told of how the Pope had conceived of WYD as a tactical move in his effort to address the moral malaise and indifference to the Magisterium that had set in after the Council, particularly in the West. The apathy and skepticism was particularly pronounced in my generation (baby boomers), who had come of age in the era of “question everything” and “if it feels good, do it.”

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