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Cast Out into the Deep: Attracting Young People to the Church

Author(s): Seamus Lynch

ISBN13: 9781904148586

ISBN10: 1904148581


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  • Cast Out into the Deep offers a heartfelt exploration of ways to attract young people into the Catholic Church. Divided into three parts, the first includes the views of just under 100 people , including Fr Peter McVerry, Alice Taylor, Eamonn Dunphy, Patsy McGarry, Mary Kenny, Fr Brian DArcy, Bishop Willie Walsh and Cardinal Desmond Connell , on how the church needs to change if it is to be more attractive to youth.

    Part 2 summarises the responses in the form of 95 Theses, or ideas, which were subsequently assessed and graded by almost 500 students.The results of this comprehensive survey and the conclusions drawn are presented in Part 3.

    Overall, Cast Out into the Deep provides a compelling statement about the Churchs current position, and where it might need to go to ensure a successful future.

    Published to coincide with the 25th anniversary of Pope John Pauls visit to Ireland, Cast Out into the Deep will be of interest to anyone concerned about the future of the Catholic Church.

  • Seamus Lynch

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    While a high percentage of first year secondary school students in Irish Catholic schools are committed to the Church, this falls by 30% by the time they finish their secondary education. This is just one of the fascinating facts to emerge from Cast Out Into the Deep: Attracting Young People to the Church, by Seamus Lynch. It would be all too simple as some are inclined to do, to blame this decline on the quality of teaching or the RE programme. More pertinent perhaps is both the attitude of the family and the quality of the encounter with church that teenagers experience at weekend Mass. It is on the latter point that Seamus Lynchs reputable survey throws welcome light on both the views of young people of varying levels of commitment as well as a variety of suggestions from well known public figures as to how best to approach the needs of younger church members. The author has done the church and young people a signal service by providing this in-depth contemporary insight into their needs and attitudes.

    Fr Paul Clayton-Lea, Intercom

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