Priests and parents must work together to guide young people in the face of rapidly evolving social communications and media, a priest told young Catholics at a recent seminar.
The values spread by media such as the Internet and television may pose a threat to young people’s faith, and the Church has a duty to guide them in this area, said Father Bonifasius Haryo Tejo Bawono.
The priest, who teaches cultural philosophy at a Catholic university, was speaking to more than 500 young people from all five parishes in Tangerang deanery, Banten province, at a seminar titled Faith Brings Change.
“Young Catholics are the pillars of the Church,” said the priest during the May 28 program. “So all priests and parents must work together to help Catholic young people grow stronger in faith.”
The lecturer at the Catholic University of Parahyangan in Bandung said a strong faith would provide young Catholics with a moral compass in a rapidly changing world.
“Young Catholics need to build a good relation with God and others,” he stressed.
Father Emmanuel Adi Prakoso from St. Augustine Church of Karawaci in Tangerang district agrees.
Young Catholics need mentors who can guide them. “In this way, both mentors and young people strengthen each other,” he said.