The third and fourth meetings of the Synod have raised other social, political and religious issues that weigh on young people.
The Archbishop of Sydney, for example, explained the challenge for the Church to regain its credibility after the abuses and cover-ups.
“We are so ashamed of what happened in that terrible chapter in our history. Not just what the Church people did these terrible, harmful things to young people; but Church leaders often responded so poorly,” said Monsignor Anthony Colin Fisher.
Manuel Ochogavía, from Panama, gave examples of the cultural and even racial limitations that also affect members of the Church.
“For example, in my diocese, it is a majority ‘Afro-descendant’ diocese. In Latin America being young, female and black makes it even more difficult for decision-making,” said Monsignor Manuel Ochogavia.
In countries like Madagascar, the Church fails to attract young people who are disenchanted by the political and social crisis.
“We are currently facing lack of motivation and young people are looking for it in sects, especially in Madagascar where there are many and very varied sects. Therefore, from my point of view, I recognize that we have problems with the liturgy, with the homilies. It is necessary to change all that so people feel more attracted and young people are involved, accept responsibilities and are leaders in the Church and pastoral life,” said the President of Catholic Students, Tahiry Malala Marion.
The question of premarital relationships was addressed, which showed how difficult it is to explain morality without young people feeling judged. One of the Synod Fathers recalled that sometimes young people leave the Church because they don’t feel heard.