It Could Be Worse

December 2002

A strong point of evangelical Protestantism is The Youth Group. Tremendous effort is put into getting young people saved and active in church (and there’s nothing wrong with that!), and The Youth Group is the entrée.

We Catholics can complain about the absence of a youth group in most parishes, and about the mediocre or misleading religious instruction offered up in many Catholic schools and CCD programs. But, hey, it could be worse.

The Youth Group in evangelical Protestantism is in deep trouble. Writing in the staunchly Evangelical weekly, World (Aug. 24), Gene Edward Veith tells us with a heavy heart about what’s been going on lately in The Youth Group: "There is 'Sanctuary Softball,’ which involves whacking a nerf ball in church, with home plate being the area of the altar," and running through the pews as the fielder tries to hit the runner with the ball to make an out. "Another fun activity is 'Seafood Catch,’ which involves putting minnows in the baptistry, then catching them by hand." We Catholics worry about the profanation of our churches, as we should, but has it gotten this bad?

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New Oxford Notes: December 2002

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Our crimes are much worse. We actually have something holy to profane. Why would protestant youth care about "seafood catch" when they don't have a sacramental outlook on baptism. On the misbehavior in church totem pole this ranks pretty low compared to the commonplace liturgical abuses going on in our churches. So what if kids our playing on a stage? Were desecrating actual sanctuaries with with all sorts of innovations in the liturgy, not to mention the irreverent behavior of congregants. Posted by: jgreenlee
August 31, 2007 09:49 PM EDT
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