Consensus on sexual morality eludes youth advising bishops

Crux | 3/23/2018 | Staff
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Some 300 young people from all over the world from different backgrounds and even different religions, gathered this week in Rome to provide advice to an upcoming summit of Catholic bishops on youth, have discussed a wide array of topics, and among other points plan to offer the bishops a frank admission that they simply couldn’t reach consensus on hot-button issues of sexual morality.

On Thursday, they debated over a first draft of the document they’re going to present to Pope Francis, who will then pass it on to a Synod of Bishops on youth and discernment that will take place in Rome in October.

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Behind the scenes, several dozen young women and men, also from around the world, have broadened the discussion by moderating six Facebook groups in different languages, processing and compiling 9,617 comments that came in response to 15 questions, the same as those being discussed in Rome.

All in, 26 reports coming both from the small working groups gathered in the eternal city and from private Facebook groups were presented on Wednesday and condensed into a 7-page draft, to which Crux had access.

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Members of the commission tasked with writing the draft - all of whom are participating in the meeting - stayed up until the wee hours of the morning on Thursday to make sure that it was ready by the time the meeting resumed.

“The report was written considering everyone’s opinion,” said Leticia Carneiro, a Brazilian who’s volunteering in the pre-Synod meeting, administering one of the private Facebook groups. In her role, she had to condense the more than 1,000 comments of the Portuguese group in one page, which was then folded into the first draft.

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Though representative of the discussion, Carneiro said, the first document was perceived as “incomplete,” hence on Thursday, during a discussion among the 300 participants...
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