Young people and Mass attendance


To the Editor:
There are many in the Catholic Church who are increasingly worried about whether young people will return to regular church participation after the pandemic restrictions are over. Much has been made more transparent to our young people during these months. Some have found solace in embracing traditional expressions of the faith, like the Latin Mass, in a foreign language with more elaborate rituals. That may feel like a comforting and safe retreat.
For many young people, that will not attract them. They look around and want to find a home that is in tune with their concerns about the world they are inheriting. They see injustice and inequality towards too many, including many of their black and brown brothers and sisters. They want to see the born, as well as the unborn, have the right to life. They are troubled by the uncaring attitudes exhibited toward fellow humans during this pandemic, and the continuing abuse of our earthly home. They know, as John Donne said, “No man is an island.” Have we as a church truly shown a Gospel face and earned their fidelity?

Mary Lu Callahan
Iowa City

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