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Catholics take stock of ever rising challenges
Poor attendance and lack of youth appeal are chief concernsDhaka archbishop Patrick Dâ€™Rozario speaks at the meeting yesterday
- November 9, 2012
Lack of interest in the Church and catechism, dwindling attendance, and a crisis of marital life were among the chief concerns cited by delegates in the meeting at Holy Rosary Church in Tejgaon.
â€śMany Catholics â€“ especially in urban areas â€“ donâ€™t attend Sunday Mass after office hours. Many parents donâ€™t encourage their children to go to church. Today, Catholic families donâ€™t have time for Mass and evening prayers, which is creating a vacuum in their moral life,â€ť said Koruna Gomes, a housewife from Dhaka who attended the meeting.
She added that if this trend continues, the coming generations of Catholics could turn out to be â€śnon-practising.â€ť
Cornelius Costa, 27, said young Catholics in particularÂ face multiple challenges.
â€śIt is true that young people are losing their heart for the Church because either they are too attached to modern ways of life or they donâ€™t like a particular priest or sermon delivered during homily,â€ť he said.
Father Tapan Dâ€™Rozario, a parish priest and professor of world religion and culture at Dhaka University, said despite its best efforts the Church is failing to attract younger people.
â€śThere are many Church activities and trainings all year round, but they are fruitless. Our church and families are failing to play their role in enlightening lives of the younger generation,â€ť the priest said.
Joseph Rozario, 51, a Catholic schoolteacher, said Church activities are still dominated by clergy and religious, and that laypeople have little say or opportunity for leadership.
â€śIn most Church activities, laypeople are usually participants; very few have organizing roles. Unless more lay involvement is ensured, the Church is not going to prosper.â€ť
Dhaka archdiocese charts course