Catholic Church Admits It Has No Clue

Kids Without God
It’s a problem all religions will have to deal with.

I suppose it’s no surprise to learn that the Catholic Church really is clueless, in fact, I think we can expand that to virtually every church on the planet.  However, swooning from the massive rejection of the church by young people today, the RCC is panicking, trying to figure out how to get those youngsters through their doors so they can continue to fill the coffers.

The Pontifical Council for Culture has invited sociologists, web experts and theologians to a 3-day conference this weekend, aimed at studying “emerging youth cultures“.  It is designed to learn more about youth culture so that the church can better serve the needs of young people.  According to a working paper, the church risks “offering answers to questions that are not there if it doesn’t learn the cultural reality of young people.”

Seriously, sometimes it’s hard not to shake your head at a church whose entire existence is based around making claims about things that are not there, now it’s afraid to offer non-existent answers to questions nobody cares about?  There’s only so much help I can give to the institutionally delusional, but I’ll try.  For the most part, the young today just aren’t interested in your magical stories.  33% of people aged 18-28 describe themselves as non-religious and that number is growing.  The one question they’re not asking, and the only one that the church actually wants to answer, is “Does God exist?”

According to Rev. Melchor Sanchez de Toca, undersecretary of the Vatican’s culture department, the church’s ignorance is far-reaching, it is not just qualitative, but quantitative.  He says that the youth world has changed radically, but the church “is still offering what it has been offering for the past 500 years.  We keep on giving the same answers but the way questions are posed is now totally different.”

The problem for the church though isn’t that the questions are being posed differently, it’s that they’re just not being asked at all.  With the advancement of science, there’s really no reason to wonder about the existence of a magical man in the sky.  The questions that religion once provided heartfelt, if not factual answers to just aren’t necessary anymore.  Science has shown us the way to reality, we no longer benefit from imaginary emotional beliefs.

Of course, church officials just don’t get that at all.  They keep talking about changing the language and making things fun and colorful.  No!  It’s not the presentation of the stupidity that matters, it’s the fact that it’s all stupid!  You guys are touting primitive mythology and thinking the only thing wrong with it is how you dress it up for a modern audience.  Your failure is your mythology, not how you present it.

And that’s a problem that every religion is going to have to face sooner or later.  We’re seeing the first couple of generations of kids who just don’t need your voodoo dance.  Each generation from here on out will be less religious than the last and we’ll move inevitably closer and closer to a majority atheist society.

Won’t that be a wonderful thing?

5 thoughts on “Catholic Church Admits It Has No Clue

  1. "There’s only so much help I can give to the institutionally delusional, but I’ll try."—That is my favorite line of the week. It should be the banner at the top of your site!

    Seriously though…great post. The Church is terrified about the fact that young people are losing interest. I would say that also applies to other religions as well. I think it will be a losing battle for them. The fact of the matter is, as you point out, science is king right now. Kids today are learning science and are learning the value of looking at things scientifically. They see a future job market in those fields as well. As this trend continues, religions will continue to suffer.

    I also think, though I can't back this up, that the world has changed in other ways that don't favor religion. Turn on a television, a radio, open a magazine and the notice the amount of entertainment around us. Today's young people are brought up in this culture. Often times this culture is, to use the phrase, a bit "sinful". I completely understand why so many religions are attacking the "secular culture" of our society. However, like with science, it is a battle that they are losing and will likely continue to lose.
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    1. It's a good sign that they are aware that they are losing their grip on the young, the problem is that they have no clue why. They can't imagine that the message is the problem, they think it's just a matter of changing how the message is presented. It's sort of like the KKK wanting to attract younger members and thinking everyone would embrace racism if only they had a cool theme song! It's really laughable.

      And thanks, I kind of like that line myself. 🙂

  2. There's an old saying: "No matter how hard you try to polish a turd, underneath it all, it's still a turd."

    The RC church can indulge in all the bells and whistles it wants, but at its basis, their message remains unchanged, and if you talk to the hierarchy of Vatican City, unchangeable. They are stuck in the mud, still doing the twist while the kids at the rave parties look at them and laugh. They have failed to recognize that life is change and motion, and the young life around them are doing both while they are doing neither. What is truly pathetic is that they actually seem to be surprised that they're being left in the dust as the next generation passes them by.

    So of course they're clueless. To catch a clue, you have to CHANGE … and Joe the Rat & Co. either can't or won't.

    1. Unfortunately, they haven't figured out that it's their message that is the problem, not the way they package it. I'm actually enjoying watching them make fools of themselves in their descent into utter delusion.

      1. It's entirely possible that they will never figure it out, Cephus. They are hung up on that message to the exclusion of all else. It is their absolute standard, and being absolute, it (supposedly) is not subject to modification, alteration, or change of any sort. Someone once observed about the bible that it was written by men and frozen in time, and so it is.

        Indeed, there's another old saying out there: "Adapt or die." The RC church might not die, per se, but as they head toward utter delusion, as you note, for a lack of an ability to change, they are also headed toward utter irrelevance, which for them might as well be death.

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