Not the Onion: “Vatican admits it doesn’t fully understand youth culture”

Quotes from RNS article.

Highlights:

The Pontifical Council for Culture invited sociologists, web experts and theologians to a three-day, closed-door event on Feb. 6-9 aimed at studying “emerging youth cultures.”

According to a working paper released ahead of the meeting, the church risks “offering answers to questions that are not there” if it doesn’t learn “the cultural reality of young people.”

Well, duh. And how are we going to understand this cultural reality?

In his effort to understand young people’s language and feelings, [Cardinal] Ravasi confessed to listening to a CD by the late British pop singer Amy Winehouse, noting that “a quest for meaning emerges even from her distraught music and lyrics.”

“People in this town are just now getting into Nirvana Amy Winehouse. I don’t have the heart to tell them what’s going to happen to Kurt Cobain Amy Winehouse in 1994 2011.” But that’s not the only way Catholics are going to learn about youths:

In a first for a Vatican meeting, the event will be opened by a rock concert by Italian Christian rock band The Sun.

I guess that counts as trying.

Okay, this article actually deserves some serious treatment and analysis, but I’ll leave that to Alan.

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