How World Youth Day is changing the church

Pilgrims cheer before the World Youth Day opening Mass in Panama City Jan. 22, 2019. (CNS photo/Carlos Jasso, Reuters)

This week on “Inside the Vatican” we look at why the Vatican seems to be lowering expectations for its upcoming international summit on sexual abuse.


Then, Gerry O’Connell and I talk about World Youth Day, which is being held in Panama this week. Gerry has covered every World Youth Day since the inaugural one in 1985, and he explains how the young people at this event have had a significant impact on their bishops, and even on popes. We also look at how Pope Francis is empowering young people and local churches by decentralizing the Vatican’s power.

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Mark M
3 weeks 3 days ago

Hmmmm, not really. Big Yaawn.
What is changing the Church are events such as Bishops and Catholic high school principals eating their young, as is happening in Covington, KY.
Somehow these seventeen year olds are just not feeling TheMercy that seems to be all to available to priests who have sex with men and boys.
The tipping point has been reached, girls. The fit has hit the Shan, bet on it.

Jim Spangler
3 weeks 3 days ago

Changing the Church is a very broad statement of someone who is out of their mine. The Church is not changing, it is still functioning dysfunctional as it has for centuries. Sillence, and oppression. We know what we are doing, and no one is going to make us change. God is on the Churches side. Hoo hum! If young people have an ounce of sense they will turn and run as fast as they can, because the Church can no longer be trusted, nor is it the center of moral authority. Seems it did not take long for the media, the archaic leadership to blame a bunch of young Catholic High School students for something that truly was not the whole picture that was going on. Even their own senile bishop was quick to judge and condemn. I think this is just another example of leftist inability to lead. These young people have more sense in one little finger than these leaders have in a senile brain!

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3 weeks 3 days ago

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