UCA News

Forum urges young to engage politics

Priest decries hedonism and consumer culture as obstacles to political involvement
Forum urges young to engage politics
Father Maximus Regus addresses an audience of young people at a forum today
Published: October 26, 2011 08:39 AM GMT
Updated: October 26, 2011 08:39 AM GMT

A researcher and priest from Ruteng on Flores Island has criticized the insensitivity of local Catholic young people to social and political issues in the region. “In the next 10 years, the future of Flores is in someone else’s hands because Catholic young people do not care about social and political issues,” Father Maximus Regus from the Parrhesia Institute of Jakarta told about 700 Catholic young people attending a seminar held today in the town. Any political policies should be faced through religious efforts as well, he said. “Flores, especially in East Manggarai, West Manggarai and Manggarai districts, does not have a cultural identity. It has only the identity of Catholicity. That is why Catholic young people must understand politics and speak up about it.” He also compared Catholic young people to other young people from other religions. “In terms of politics, young people from other religions are one step forward.” Father Regus said some young people were too busy to pay attention to political developments in their area. “They tend to take part in religious activities because they find it difficult to think seriously about political issues after studying in schools or universities,” he said. “The influence of culture, such as hedonic and consumptive lifestyles, keeps Catholic young people [at a] distance from political issues.” Brother Filipus Neri Subardi of the Congregation of Brothers of St Aloysius said the forum aimed to help Catholic youth to “find God’s face in all activities.” Related reports: Atambua diocese encourages young people to get into politics

Help UCA News to be independent
Dear reader,
Trafficking is one of the largest criminal industries in the world, only outdone by drugs and arms trafficking, and is the fastest-growing crime today.
Victims come from every continent and are trafficked within and to every continent. Asia is notorious as a hotbed of trafficking.
In this series, UCA News introduces our readers to this problem, its victims, and the efforts of those who shine the light of the Gospel on what the Vatican calls “these varied and brutal denials of human dignity.”
Help us with your donations to bring such stories of faith that make a difference in the Church and society.
A small contribution of US$5 will support us continue our mission…
William J. Grimm
UCA News
Asian Bishops
Latest News
UCA News Catholic Dioceses in Asia
UCA News Catholic Dioceses in Asia
UCA News Catholic Dioceses in Asia