Young Philippine Catholics think Church gets too involved in politics
Bishop says Church leaders should take heed of new survey
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A ranking Church official lamented the youth’s negative perception about the Church’s intention in meddling over political issues, saying it is high time to understand where the young is coming from.
Echoing the initial findings of the National Filipino Catholic Youth Survey (NFCYS) 2013, Legazpi Bishop Joel Baylon said young people generally doesn’t like the Church getting involved in political advocacies, especially concerning the controversial Reproductive Health Law, which seeks to use taxpayers’ money to fund family planning using artificial means of contraception.
“There seems to be a negative attitude (among the young) when the Church goes along this line. We need to understand why. Is it because they feel that the Church is venturing into an area where She should not be?” he said.
The outgoing chairman of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Youth (ECY), Baylon said the respondent’s negative experience with priests, bishops, their religious formators or school administrators have something to do with their negative perception.
“We acknowledge that we have to understand this further that’s why we are having focus group discussions with the respondents for the second part of the survey,” he added.
The partial results of the NFCYS 2013 were presented during the recently concluded convention of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) in Cebu City. The conducts of the survey was a joint initiative of the ECY and CEAP.
According to an article posted at the CEAP website, initial findings of the FCNS are as follows: 1) Religiosity significantly predicts socio-political participation; 2) Mother’s education is not a significant predictor of religiosity; 3) The youth whose dads have better schooling appear more religious than those whose fathers have lower educational attainment; 4) As socio-economic status increases, religiosity of the youth also increases;
Youth whose parents are both Catholics seem to be more religious compared to those who have parents with different religion; 5) Older Filipino youth appear to be more religious compared to the younger youth; and, 6) Females exhibit higher religiosity compared to males.
Source: CBCP News
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