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Dashing young priests turn heads at Youth Day
Reuters ^ | August 19, 2005 | Alexandra Hudson

Posted on 08/19/2005 3:35:25 PM PDT by NYer

COLOGNE, Germany (Reuters) - Young priests in sharp suits and sunglasses are turning heads and winning hearts at the Catholic World Youth Day festival in Cologne.

They are the type of men Pope Benedict hopes will secure the future of the Church and inspire youngsters to choose a religious life, which may be why he has insisted on addressing seminarians personally during his four-day visit to Germany.

Churches in North America and Europe are crying out for priests. To some of the 400,000 youngsters attending the event, the sight of a young man in a priest's collar or black suit arouses huge interest.

Young people say they are also approachable enough to ask frank questions such as how they can live without sex.

"It was meeting a young priest at World Youth Day in Rome in 2000 that made me decide I wanted to be a priest," said 27-year-old Matt Henry from Arizona.

"When you see inspirational, active young priests then you begin to consider it as an option for yourself," he added.

The more dashing young priests at World Youth Day seem to have an entourage of adoring teenage girls. Young men question them on what made them decide to devote their lives to God.

New strategies for tapping this interest to boost new recruits have turned one young American priest into a pin-up.

Father Jonathan Meyer, wearing sunglasses and a sleek black cassock and clutching a crucifix, replicates Keanu Reeves' pose in the film "The Matrix" for a recruitment poster.

"It has been a complete success...It is a striking image which meets young people were they are at," said 28-year-old Meyer, who manages youth work in the diocese of Indianapolis.

"I know I am hanging in a few girls' bedrooms too, but that's fine -- we need their prayers for more priests," he said.

CHASTITY A TURN-OFF

World Youth Days have become a kind of job fair for the Church. Beside large-scale masses and vigils with the Pope, young people can discuss faith and possible religious callings.

"I genuinely hope many participants will pose these questions and get the right assistance," Cardinal Joachim Meisner told a news conference.

"Our World Youth Day in Paris in 1997 was very good for finding future priests and matching couples who later married," said 32-year-old Father Claude Amaury.

Although some young people say they admire priests' service to their parishes, chastity is a key stumbling block for many.

Asked if they had considered the priesthood, a group of Bavarian boys snigger and say no. Asked why not, one mutters "no sex."

However, Meyer believes that, through the influence of the late Pope John Paul, more youngsters are looking for a more traditional brand of Catholicism and the devotion and spirituality which life in the priesthood entails.

Young seminarian Matt Henry explained he was not afraid of a future life alone without a family.

"To some extent we are living it in the seminary already. There is no dating allowed."


TOPICS: Activism; Catholic; Current Events; Ecumenism; General Discusssion; Ministry/Outreach; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture; Theology; Worship
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1 posted on 08/19/2005 3:35:25 PM PDT by NYer
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To: american colleen; Lady In Blue; Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; Notwithstanding; ...
Isn't is just like the media to pursue the "sex" angle! Last year their focus was on "gay pedophile" priests, now it has switched to the "healthy, good looking" (presumably heterosexual) young seminarians and priests.

If nothing else, this article makes for a good laugh.

2 posted on 08/19/2005 3:40:13 PM PDT by NYer ("Each person is meant to exist. Each person is God's own idea." - Pope Benedict XVI)
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To: NYer
Figures that Reuters would play the article up this way.
3 posted on 08/19/2005 3:40:16 PM PDT by mware (Trollhunter of Note)
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To: NYer

The media still doesn't get it.


4 posted on 08/19/2005 3:41:31 PM PDT by mware (Trollhunter of Note)
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To: mware

The "journalists" in the MSM can't think above their own waist.


5 posted on 08/19/2005 3:44:57 PM PDT by Clock King ("How will it end?" - Emperor; "In Fire." - Kosh)
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To: NYer

Now if only a few of the priests will pose for the camera and then break into a chorus of "We're here and we're queer!", the New York Times will have a front-page above-the-fold breaking news story.


6 posted on 08/19/2005 3:48:29 PM PDT by snarks_when_bored
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To: NYer

No photos of the cool sexy priests?


7 posted on 08/19/2005 3:49:58 PM PDT by Feiny (Posting without spell checking for 5 years now.)
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To: NYer
The concept of the male celibate priest was always intended to be, among many other things, a strong masculine role model. I find this article highly encouraging. Of course the degenerate media will twist and distort it, but then, that's them, isn't it.
8 posted on 08/19/2005 3:52:28 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: NYer
COLOGNE, Germany (Reuters) - Young priests in sharp suits and sunglasses are turning heads and winning hearts at the Catholic World Youth Day festival in Cologne.

Should I become a Priest or an Interior Decorator ........... Priest - Decorator ......... Priest - Decorator ....... Priest - Decorator?

Jump Ball.

So9

9 posted on 08/19/2005 4:06:37 PM PDT by Servant of the 9 (Those Poor Poor Rubber Cows)
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To: NYer; Salvation; All; LUV W; ohioWfan; kayak; sergey1973; GarySpFc



"When I see his Holiness Benedictum XVI it brings tears to my eyes; I miss John Paul II; maybe because I am polish so its hard to explain; but I truly miss him; with all so many people he reminds me John Paul when he was around. May his holiness enjoy great stay in Germany his country and may God give him strength.


grazie


10 posted on 08/19/2005 4:24:18 PM PDT by anonymoussierra (Nie bądź pochopny w duchu do gniewu, bo gniew przebywa w piersi głupców)
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To: Servant of the 9

You?

Sounds like DECORATOR, for sure, dude.


11 posted on 08/19/2005 4:25:12 PM PDT by TaxachusettsMan
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To: NYer

12 posted on 08/19/2005 4:26:53 PM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: NYer; Robert A. Cook, PE
CHASTITY A TURN-OFF

Well - yes.

What do you make of this, Robt? Am I missing something?

13 posted on 08/19/2005 4:32:36 PM PDT by Dutchgirl ("Before you go to bed, Give your troubles to God. He'll be up all night anyway. "Alice)
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To: NYer

Funny that they approached it from this point of view.


14 posted on 08/19/2005 4:42:01 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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CHASTITY A TURN-OFF

Sorry, folks. Chastity is for everyone: single, married, religious, and laity. The specifics are different, depending on one's state in life, but there's no escape.

I think one reason young men don't consider the priesthood is that they don't understand the alternative. Barring unforeseen circumstances (lifelong bachelorhood, infertility), the alternative to priesthood is fatherhood. Father or Father, as it were.

Godless society says that the choice is between celibacy and promiscuity, but that's a deadly lie. If a young man says he's not inclined to the priesthood because he's planning on marriage and children, then he's with the program. If a young man says he's not considering a religious vocation because he wants sex, then he's been poorly catechized.

15 posted on 08/19/2005 4:52:17 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Officially around the bend, at least for now.)
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To: Tax-chick
If a young man says he's not considering a religious vocation because he wants sex, then he's been poorly catechized.

Or has been influenced by an over-sexed culture.

Let's face it, against current mainstream culture, being a true, chaste (in all its forms) Catholic is counter-cultural.

Rebellion was never so joyful or peaceful as being a good Catholic.

16 posted on 08/19/2005 4:58:31 PM PDT by Desdemona (Music Librarian and provider of cucumber sandwiches, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary. Hats required.)
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To: Desdemona
being a true, chaste (in all its forms) Catholic is counter-cultural.

Yes, you're right.

My point was that many young men seem to think, well, seminarians and priests are celibate, but everyone else can sleep around without commitment or harmful consequences. That's what they're taught by the schools, the media, etc., but it's not a moral option, and that needs to be made clear by the Church.

Unless a man is married, he's required to be celibate, just like a priest is. (True for women, too, of course, but the article was about priests.)

17 posted on 08/19/2005 5:17:11 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Officially around the bend, at least for now.)
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To: Tax-chick

Unless a man is married, he's required to be celibate, just like a priest is.

****

How I wish more Catholic youth understood this...


18 posted on 08/19/2005 6:17:05 PM PDT by BizzeeMom (Member TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary)
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To: BizzeeMom

My oldest son is only 11. I expect the years ahead will be challenging!


19 posted on 08/19/2005 6:22:38 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Officially around the bend, at least for now.)
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To: Tax-chick
My oldest son is only 11. I expect the years ahead will be challenging!

Nah! Boys prefer sports over girls any day. How old is your oldest daughter? That's your challenge.

20 posted on 08/19/2005 6:46:55 PM PDT by NYer ("Each person is meant to exist. Each person is God's own idea." - Pope Benedict XVI)
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