Youth yearn for what Church offers – theologian

Pia de Solenni

Pia de Solenni

February 18, 2013

In sexual morality, family life and education, the Baby Boom generation ushered in a series of cultural changes that led to an "anthropological crisis" in American society, leaving younger generations yearning acutely for what the Catholic Church has to offer.

That is the assessment of Pia de Solenni, a consultant to the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas.

She spoke with Catholic News Service in Rome while participating in the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for Culture.

The sexual revolution, promoted by mass media and facilitated by abortion and contraception, led to a breakdown of the family, so that an estimated 40 per cent of births in the U.S. today are to single mothers, de Solenni said.

"There is something missing there, in terms of a father for the child, the security of knowing that your mother and father love each other," she said.

Lacking complete or stable families, many raised since the 1970s have failed to develop the capacity for strong and intimate relationships, de Solenni said.

They have also failed to receive religious education in the home, which the Church teaches should be the primary site of such instruction.

Yet the ethos of promiscuity is losing its luster for the young, de Solenni said.