Bishop Barron proposes five paths to bring 'nones' back to Church
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Bishop Barron, Auxiliary of Los Angeles, has proposed five paths be thinks will help bring people back to the Church.
LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - Bishop Barron has presented five paths he believes will reengage those who may feel alienated from the Church. He delivered his presentation to the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) during the annual general assembly.
Bishop Barron, who is known for his videos on YouTube which explain important aspects of the faith, provided the following five suggestions.
1. Involve young people in the work of justice. The Church works with the poor and needy and the youth should be more involved with this labor. Young people like it, he explained, so involving them will bring them closer to their faith.
2. Lead with beauty. Rather than telling people what to think and do, attract them to the Church with beauty. Show people rather than tell them. Make sure things look attractive, including parish websites.
3. Stop dumbing down the faith. Bishop Barron pointed out there are at least two generations now who have received inadequate catechetical formation. They have many unanswered questions. We need to provide good answers to tough questions We need to listen without judgement, then provide teaching at the right moment.
4. Turn every parish into a missionary society. Young people are not going to walk into the parish. Instead, the parish must go to them. Each parish must become a missionary society, sending forth people to work in the mission field.
5. Use new media to reach the masses. Finally, Bishop Baron suggested using new media to connect with the youth. He suggested using time and money to invest in experts to engage with people on social media. Not only must these experts know how to use media effectively, but they must also understand Catholic tradition.
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